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RE: [xml-dev] 2007 Predictions

Michael Champion writes:

> This finding reminds me of  the emperor in "Amadeus" telling Mozart that 
> used too many notes.  If the Web really did follow the W3C's lead, the
> current state-of-the-art web applications would never have been 
> These tend to download semi-opaque blobs of Javascript which open a side
> channel to the server for data, and the data tends to be JSON 
> of internal objects more than declarative data. I can just hear Sir Tim
> saying "It's quality work. There is simply too much power.  Just cut 
some of
> that power and it will be perfect." :-)

And if all the data on the Web were in this much more "current 
state-of-the-art" style, would Google search do anything useful?  Would 
its crawler run all those little client side front ends to make those side 
connections to find out whether some useful information could be 
extracted?  Or have we decided that things like Google search are passť 
too?  The point is not that Ajax is bad, IMO, it's that the simple data 
that feeds AJAX apps should not be entirely locked up in little private 
point-to-point "side channels".  It should be published with URIs and in 
easily consumed forms.  Then Google (and MS Live) crawlers can find the 
flight listings, gas stations, real estate listings, or whatever.  If some 
of the options for consuming that data really cool, dynamically downloaded 
applications, that's cool:  you can still mash the listings into MS Live 
Maps if you like. 


Noah Mendelsohn 
IBM Corporation
One Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

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