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   Re: [xml-dev] What is XHTML 2.0 for?

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Dare Obasanjo wrote:

> A browser-platform that understands [X]HTML/XForms/SVG/etc is not 
> exactly what I'd call a thin client. ;)  

I know you are joking but, I strongly agree! The terms thin/thick are 
not helpful anymore. There are a variety of orthogonal issues in 

  1. Is the client "rich" or not, where rich means multimedia, vector 
graphics, client-side logic and GUI widgets.

  2. Is the client "standards-based" or not?

  3. Is the client URI-addressable or not?

  4. Is the client mostly declarative or mostly code?  Declarative 
clients tend to be XML-based with script for glue instead of 
code-centric (as in downloaded Java or .NET applets) with data fetched 
by the code on demand.

The existence of tools like Google and Yahoo depend upon 
standards-based, URI-addressable, declarative information publishing 
applications. The challenge is to create rich clients that preserve 
these virtues. Security is also a huge issue.

  Paul Prescod


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