Lists Home |
Date Index |
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.
From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 9:49 AM
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
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!
The xml-dev list is sponsored by XML.org <http://www.xml.org>, an
initiative of OASIS <http://www.oasis-open.org>
The list archives are at http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/
To subscribe or unsubscribe from this list use the subscription