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Re: [Article] Web-Quality v1.1

From: Andrew McFarland <andrew.mcfarland@unite.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 09:35:23 +0100
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At 09:46 24/09/2002 +1000, steph wrote:
>(I'm no expert on pipes :D One can use a similar metaphor
>with old cars or railroad tracks - once upon a time (I was told)
>to travel from Melbourne to Sydney you have to change trains at
>the border because the tracks were different widths in the two
>states so the trains which ran in one couldn't run in the other.)

There was a similar situation in England in the 19th Century. GWR used 
wider tracks than the other three main railway companies. In London, where 
all the networks met, they needed to use track with three rails so that 
both widths of cars could fit on them. I've been looking for a picture of 
this on the Internet, but couldn't find one.

A more up to date example would be Betamax verses VHS. By going for 
propriety standards rather than vendor neutral standards the video industry 
was divided.

Neither of those are quite the same as the situation wrt web standards, but 
there are parallels.


Andrew McFarland
UNITE Solutions
Received on Tuesday, 24 September 2002 04:39:27 UTC

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