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Studying Avalon, this is looking like a better
option when it becomes a distributable product. The
graphics are simple and clean, and the extensibility
story is precisely what is needed to work with markup
systems outside the browser cul de sac.
IE still has to be reinvigorated or Microsoft
will cede market share needlessly. Even if HTML
should be deprecated for light application work
in favor of XAML (it should), the browser is the
bay window onto web content for human consumption,
as you point out, and there is no reason to
change that just because the web specifications
are becoming moribund. I'm glad to read that the
IE team is back at work. Hopefully they are
paying some attention to these threads.
Screen scraping aside, the issue is the
role(s) of the web browser in the production
environment. Just because Visual development
tools can do some simple functionality doesn't
mean a user will have them or should have them.
From: Joshua Allen [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Or even transform it to XAML! :-)