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There is a related link on Cafe con Leche (thanks Elliote) :
Laser discs wrote 15 years ago can't be read... What about the Web ? We
still can browse a part of the web's past thanks to the Internet Archive
(http://www.archive.org/), but how will we do this in 5 or 10 years, when
common browsers will support different standards ?
Building a technology should always be done as if it would eventually become
legacy technology. But how to do that ?
The problem is not only related to computers and the Web. Have a look at The
Long Now foundation, which has one objective of building a clock that can
run 10.000 year :
I think the principles can have positive echoes in the XML community :
With occasional maintenance, the clock should reasonably be expected to
display the correct time for the next 10,000 years.
The clock should be maintainable with bronze-age technology.
It should be possible to determine operational principles of the clock by
It should be possible to improve the clock with time.
It should be possible to build working models of the clock from table-top to
monumental size using the same design.
Some rules that follow from the design principles:
Avoid sliding friction (gears)
Expect bad weather
Expect non-malicious human interaction
Dont tempt thieves
Maintainability and transparency:
Use familiar materials
Make it easy to build spare parts
Include the manual
Scalability and Evolvabilty:
Make all parts similar size
Provide simple interfaces
>De : Bullard, Claude L (Len) [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Envoyé : mardi 5 mars 2002 15:40
>À : 'Mike Champion'; email@example.com
>Objet : RE: [xml-dev] XML doesn't deserve its "X".
>How about this: it is time for the innovation
>in computers in general and the web in particular
>to stop. It is time for a regulated standard to
>be created and enforced by statute such that if
>one buys a computer and a program to run on it
>today, it will run on a computer that you buy
>50 years from now, and that the computer you
>buy today will run any program written 50
>years from now.
>It works for TV and automobiles. Why not computers?
>We must get out of the experimenter/hobbyist
>phase and enable people to get the most out
>of their investment. The situation today
>is ALL Bill Gates' fault, of course.
>That's not an original thought or even a troll.
>It was proposed in an article this past weekend
>and comes from a journalist think tank type.
>The next new thing will be an old thing
>that had a short burst of notoriety, was
>dissed, and will be renamed and dressed,
>and attributed to a 15 year old genius
>(his mother swears he is) in Nebraska.
>The money on the Next New Thing will of
>course be mostly made by the really old
>guys (45+ at least) who pay for the
>prominent position on Google, in trades,
>and on NPR. C looks awfully warm and fuzzy.
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