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   RE: [xml-dev] RE: Why is there little usage of XML on the "visible Web"?

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You are begging the question in these.  Visible web and invisible web are equally valuable.  XML is plumbing but without it, you have to walk to the outhouse in the cold weather.  Trust me, that is not a comfortable trip.
Assertion #7 reveals the strength and the weakness of networked systems.  They act as an amplifier of information.  They don't necessarily act as a validator.  Crowds don't always check their facts; thus, superstition is amplified as well as knowledge.   This creates resonant nodes that cancel information and chaotic conditions.  One strategy is to identify the analog to Lagrange points in the manifold if the intension is to use low energy systems to influence the message path.
Assertion # 8:  Limiting the availability of information has high value when the intension is to shield it from resonant effects.
Assertion # 10:  False in the general case.  Only true for information that has the lowest classification for security.  Remember, the highest classification dominates the document, not the lowest.  That is why the XPath injection attack succeeds but is not a newly discovered phenomenon as Obguji asserts in his article.  It is a basic tenet of classification systems.  The article is a god example of the problem of Assertion # 7 not in that its main signal is wrong but the nested signal reinforces a superstition.
Assertion #12:  Only true in a limited sense.  For maximum impact, learn to target.  For efficiency, learn to trade time and energy appropriately for the intent (ie, learn to selectively use low energy and high energy transport strategies).

From: Costello, Roger L. [mailto:costello@mitre.org]
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 5:43 PM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: [xml-dev] RE: Why is there little usage of XML on the "visible Web"?

Hi Folks,


There didn’t seem to be any objection to the assertion that HTML is the primary markup language for the visible Web, and that XML is not appropriate for the visible Web.  This is very interesting, as some rather revealing assertions may be derived:




“The more a piece of knowledge becomes available, the more valuable it potentially becomes, because of the wider array of possible uses for it.”


The quote is from: The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki, p. 166-167.




Information on the hidden Web has limited availability.




Information on the visible Web has wide availability.  (There are a billion Internet users.  Potentially each of them could use information that is on the visible Web.)




Your information is most valuable when available on the visible Web.




Web services are part of the hidden Web, and thus obsessing over their nature (e.g., SOAP versus REST) is not valuable.




For maximum impact, focus your main efforts on making information available on the visible Web.







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