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   Re: [xml-dev] W3C Schema: Resistance is Futile, says Don Box

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Aaron Skonnard wrote:
> 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.

It was doubling in size every year. Eventually a got big enough that the
big vendors couldn't afford to avoid it (though they tried!). Remember
that IBM's view of the hypertext future was Notes and Microsoft's was
BlackBird. They went with the Web because otherwise they would have been
irrelevant, not the other way around.

'The decision, announced earlier this month, puts an end to one of the
on-line industry's most infamous "shadow" products, one that was
expected to be Microsoft's secret weapon against on-line services, such
as America Online, as well as the World Wide Web itself.'

Now they get credit for "making it happen." Amazing!

 Paul Prescod


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