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Re: Why the Web?

From: Bill Janssen <janssen@parc.xerox.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2001 09:33:27 PST
To: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
cc: brian@hursley.ibm.com (Brian E Carpenter), moore@cs.utk.edu (Keith Moore), discuss@apps.ietf.org
Message-Id: <01Dec14.093334pst."3456"@watson.parc.xerox.com>
This reminds me of the folks who built RPC systems by setting properties
on the root window of a specified X Window System server.  It was the
only piece of software they had that was reasonably well implemented...

Bill

> I would do it for the same reason that anything ends up on the Web;
> 
> - I can manipulate it from the same app I use to manipulate so much of
> my life already; the browser
> - it can leverage existing and yet-to-be-developed extensions such as
> WebDAV so that access to it can be locked, versioned, etc..
> - if I forget its URL, Google can find it for me
> - if my house network is unreliable, an existing cache on the network
> can let me know what the last cached state of my thermostat is, and
> when that state snapshot was taken
> - authentication for free
> - content negotiation permits my french-speaking serviceman to
> also manipulate and debug it remotely through the same URL
> 
> etc..
Received on Friday, 14 December 2001 12:34:07 GMT

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