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   RE: [xml-dev] What are the arguments *for* XHTML 2.0?

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One argument for XHTML 2.0, and for the advancement of Browser technology in general is that the browser provides a common platform upon which developers can build complex web driven applications.  The more capabilities that the browser has, the better is the end-user experience.  having spent the last five years building browser-based applications, I can tell you that the end-user experience for browser-based applications has quite a ways to go over thick-client applications that run on <pick-your-favorite-GUI/>.  This creates a financial incentive for companies like <fill-in-the-blank/> to invest in and promote the advancement of browser technology using new standards because:
1)    In making the client platform more capable and more ubiquitous, such that anyone using a computer can access applications driven by <fill-in-the-blank/> servers, <fill-in-the-blank/> can create a demand for its server products.  The revenue generated by server software is likely much larger than that for client software.
2)    Supporting new standards with desirable functionality creates additional barriers to entry against other companies products.  Although the standards process is "open", the bigger the new standard, the better in this case, because the harder it is to support the standard, the more likely it is that <fill-in-the-blank/>'s products will be the first to support it, and so they have a better chance of obtaining market share.
3) From a vendor's perspective, change is good, because it frequently is a driver for new software purchases.  Since many standards bodies are funded by vendors, not users, the desire for change and forward motion will drive the development of new standards regardless of whether the user's see a need for the new functionality.  This is not necessarily a bad thing.  End users often don't know what they want until they can actually see it.


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