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Again, pioneers have to secure the future.  That 
doesn't guarantee they will be there personally.

HTML was necessary only because so few people had 
been up the hypermedia learning curve, it was as 
much as they could absorb en masse.  That is the lesson of 
history; one can't outrun the zeitgeist.  The critical 
question is will the implementation community will be 
ready for XAML, Indigo, etc. when it is ready. 

Hopefull, the XULies and the Mozies will be there 
with their designs as well.

HTML will never go away.  Kudzu.  Gencoding 
has been reinvented every five years since 1969. 
There is no reason to believe that wash cycle won't 
repeat indefinitely, but there is every reason 
to believe that not everyone will have to do 
their information laundry with the same model.

Jeez.  Everyone was trying to kill Internet 
Explorer.  So now MS will do it for you and 
you still aren't happy.  There is just no 
pleasing some people. :-)


From: Michael Champion [mailto:mc@xegesis.org]

On Monday, Nov 3, 2003, at 16:47 America/Detroit, Bullard, Claude L 
(Len) wrote:

> The web is plumbing; not the washing machine.
> Pick the model that lets you adjust the load
> capacity and the hot/cold cycles according to
> the clothes to be washed.  The pipes are just
> there.

The pipes are only there because most people agreed that simple and 
cheap washing machines are better than fancy models that require you to 
buy your plumbing from Maytag.  <duck>

  Without HTML, there would be no Web. Kill HTML and replace it with Son 
of Blackbird/Longhorn, and HTTP will be next on the hit list.  TCP/IP, 
SMTP, etc. are pretty limited too, once you decide that cool and 
proprietary are better than simple and standard.  Where does that leave 
us, other than back in the '80s where you picked you vendor, and that 
determined who you got to exchange data with at a reasonable speed and 

Of course, nobody, not Steve Ballmer in his most evil mood :-) wants to 
kill the Internet, but it's not Just There, it's there because people 
made tradeoffs between what is cool for some and what is interoperable 
for all. 


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