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   Re: [xml-dev] Pandora's Box

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"Bullard, Claude L (Len)" wrote:
> Roy is right about it not being "The Web".
> They should be XML Internet Services (XIS).
> As far as Roy, TimBL, and the w3c lot are
> concerned, they invented "The Web", they
> own "The Web" and anything not of their making
> or design can't use that name.

I think that's an uncharitable misrepresentation. They didn't invent
XML, Javascript, Java or even RDF. Yet I'm sure they would all agree
that those are important web technologies. Many important web
technologies are not even standardized at the W3C. (e.g. WebDAV)

It takes effort to read about the web's architectural principles and try
to determine what technologies fit within the architecture and do not.
Most people don't want to go through that effort. It is easier to sit
back and play semantic games. But it is is precisely the TAG's job to
enumerate those architectural principles and figure out which
technologies fit the Web architecture and which do not, just as the IETF
must determine what technologies work the Internet way and which do not.
If they do do their job then they will be accused of being exclusionary
purists. If they don't, they simply won't accomplish anything.

 Paul Prescod


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