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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:email@example.com]
On Monday, Nov 3, 2003, at 16:47 America/Detroit, Bullard, Claude L
> 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
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