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   RE: [xml-dev] WSIO vs. Semantic Web

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And that is precisely the rub.  If the W3C based on  
it's imprimatur is the force that standardizes the 
web, a choice of what work is most appropriate at 
any given time has to be made.   It is the religious 
almost insane attachment to "The Web" that makes 
the management of these decisions so difficult. 

SGMLers spent years trying to keep the markup 
standards from being too tightly wed to any 
"system".  That is why SGML has Public IDs and 
System IDs.  It is a pain but it let the standard 
evolve separately from operating system locators 
and in that time, it was necessary because there 
was no single dominant operating system.  Now we 
have "The Web" and people insisting this is 
"The Most Powerful Distributed Computing System 
Ever Conceived" and that, Simon, leads inevitably 
to the place you say you don't want to go.

You can't touch your elbow with the hand on the 
same arm.  That is why you are a bicameral mammal. 
Nature got that right.   By insisting that XML 
was all the future of markup, by deprecating SGML, 
by insisting on all things Internet Be Web, you 
bought into a system that leads to precisely here: 
the large commercial entities get to say what 
the future of  "The Web and Markup" are.  When 
we started, the project was "SGML On The Web", 
not "XML, the SGML Killer".  Ambitions and 
unwise choices got us here.


-----Original Message-----
From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@simonstl.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 9:49 AM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] WSIO vs. Semantic Web

On Wed, 2002-02-13 at 09:37, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
>  Yet, if the 
> W3C is to serve its membership, it must listen 
> and respond if these members make a case that 
> the Semantic Web is not where they want their 
> dollars to be spent.

And for those of us more interested in the Web than in the members, it
may not be such a bad thing to see the hype-meisters of Web Services
take their toys and go someplace else.

They might conceivably do less damage to XML and the Web that way, in
any case.
Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!

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