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And HTML isn't going away. It is kudzu. Too
hard to kill without powerful poison and poison
that powerful makes the ground unsuitable for
planting anything else.
If XML works as it is supposed too, why
would one have to insist on the client being
anything other than an XML consuming client?
They do insist on a Schema. Does XForms?
From: Mike Champion [mailto:email@example.com]
10/15/2002 4:19:32 PM, "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> The browser wars are over. The browser lost.
Definitely one for the quotes file!
Not sure I agree however. Metcalfe's Law hasn't
been repealed yet. Even a small value for HTML, multiplied
by the square of all those XML nodes out there, comes out
to be a very substantial number.
If you (and Microsoft) are talking
about industrial-strength behind-the-firewall data
entry forms, I wouldn't disagree that the value that can be
provided by a fat client (or Flash/Curl/whatever
plugins) could be substantial. But if you're talking about
commerce over the Web, I can't see anyone insisting that
XDocs (or a plug-in that isn't automatically installed in
every browser on earth, as is Flash) is necessary before
they will accept your money.