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RE: [xml-dev] Are documents loosing the web?

Yes.  And that is a good thing.  The web designs have been avoiding the
obvious for a decade and a half:  a document is not a good GUI and a good
GUI doesn't wrap a document.  Putting controls inline to the text or images
is an early hypertext design and had been discarded for better designs by
the late 1980s.   The web resulted in an anachronism.

But this will come back to 'what is a resource' and that debate goes
straight off the cliff every time.


-----Original Message-----
From: Eric van der Vlist [mailto:vdv@dyomedea.com] 
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 2:52 AM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: [xml-dev] Are documents loosing the web?


Like Norm Walsh, I do think that "HTML5 is big. Big in a lot of
different ways" [1] and it took me some time to write down my thoughts
about all that. This is done [2] and I am wondering if documents are not
in danger of loosing the web.

This is a threat for XML already in competition with JSON for Web
Services and now in competition with HTML but this is not only about
syntax (which wouldn't be a big deal) but between applications versus

What do you think? Are documents in danger of being replaced by
applications on the web?


[1] http://norman.walsh.name/2008/01/22/html5

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