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   Re: [xml-dev] The Browser Wars are Dead! Long Live the Browser Wa rs!

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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, 
after all).

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


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