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> At 12:26 PM 6/10/2002 -0600, Aaron Skonnard wrote:
> >Agreed. HTTP and HTML were not trivial to implement. Major vendors
> >embraced them and made it happen. Before the public had easy-to-use
> >browsers, they had no idea what resources were available to them. I
> >don't remember many successful ad-hoc browser implementations.
> Wow. Do we live on different planets?
I'm beginning to believe so. ;-)
> HTTP 0.9 _was_ trivial to implement, and the early HTML work wasn't
> rocket science. There was a really diverse set of browser choices in
> mid-90s before the big vendors went to war and ensured that no one
> could afford to compete in the field.
So it was the vendors that made the specs too hard to implement and not
the developer community craving more functionality? Thinking back, I
couldn't wait to get my hands on DHTML, scripting, events, etc...
> I have a hard time seeing the rise of the vendor-dominated Web as
> inevitable, which makes me pretty much giggle at this:
> >I completely agree. It was the *vendors* that made it happen. And
> >the vendors that will make it happen with Web services. The W3C and
> >are trying to steer but maybe we're not all on the same ship.
> Not that vendors didn't have a role, but I hardly think it's
> argue that vendors made it happen or that their role was necessarily
Don't read too much into "made it happen". I was using Champion's term
from the previous email. More precisely: the Web didn't fully penetrate
society until the major vendors got behind it.