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> Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> > Not exactly. Some frameworks are evolving to
> > make using the classic HTML browser (ie, HTML
> > as the host language of a universal intergace)
> > less necessary. It is much cooler. I also said,
> > if we want to use the term "web browser", that
> > term becomes less descriptive of a specific
> > platform and becomes more a watered down way
> > to say, "web aware because it can use the
> > operating system web services without using
> > a line of HTML".
> Len, the Web architecture was always designed to make it easy to switch
> HTML out. HTML has been an optional feature since day 1. If you want a
> definition of web-browser that you can describe to someone on the
> street, a web browser is an application with a URL-bar where you type in
> a URL and the interface changes based on the information retreived.
Bingo. This is, to me, the best definittion both to the man-on-the-street and
to techies (who are used to reading IETF RFCs on a browser as plain text,
I think any insistence on skewering HTML sets up something of a straw man.
Uche Ogbuji Fourthought, Inc.
http://uche.ogbuji.net http://4Suite.org http://fourthought.com
Python&XML column: 2. Introducing PyXML - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/09/25/p
The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 1 - http://www.webservices.org/ind
The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 2 - 'http://www.webservices.org/in
Serenity through markup - http://adtmag.com/article.asp?id=6807
Tip: Using generators for XML processing - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerwork