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Re: [xml-dev] Topics of keen interest to me ... how about you?

Meaningful?  To whom?  And you’d run VERY quickly into scarcity of “useful” strings, far quicker than randomly assigned numbers.  Just look at the nonsense that went on for well over a decade as new area codes were introduced.  All sorts of clamoring for “real” numbers for an area (212, 213, etc).   And before that it was the local exchange names.  Now who even cares?  Will our kids even grasp the notion of being gouged ‘toll charges’ for long distance?
Which still doesn’t make any of it relevant to the notion of ‘data driven’ systems.  An argument that still hasn’t offered any realistic support for itself.
From: John Cowan
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2013 5:31 PM
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Topics of keen interest to me ... how about you?
On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 9:21 AM, Bill Kearney <wkearney@gmail.com> wrote:
And just how would the UI have been any better?  Give the limits of the tech at the time.
The problem with phones is the assignment of arbitrary digit strings rather than meaningful letter strings.  That was not significantly technology-bound.
Please tell me you’re not that stupid.
My friends have done it for me.
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