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

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Precisely.  In some cases, information goes from opaque to visible by some process timed for the impact of that information on a given community.
Consider a pricing process for a response to a request for proposal.   It is extremely sensitive information possibly even more than the actual technical details given commoditized offerings.   Eventually, that may become public knowledge (say a bid for your local utility company), but the release is quite controlled.
So contexts for transparency have rules that control emergence.  This is critical thinking in a directed evolution for a given topical landscape. 
The web is not simply linking or if it is, then the web is a subsystem to a set of controls over it that are local by design yet control the reach of any information resource.
In a landscape model, visibility is not assumed to be true for all objects to all observers.   Proximity, either physical or topical, and intervening objects (walls, houses, etc.) and conditions (say fog) determine what is visible to any observer.   Thinking of 'the web' in universal terms for any situation is a bit like assumig one is in the only car on the freeway.

From: Michael Kay [mailto:mike@saxonica.com]
There's still something missing: objectives. It assumes you know what I am trying to achieve.
In that light #14 is nonsense. A web service that provides information about new car models to motor dealers before the information becomes available to the public might be very useful and beneficial; or at any rate, it might be what I want to create. 
Michael Kay


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