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Re: Complexity of HTML5 (was Re: The Complexity Argument)

From: Steven Rowat <steven_rowat@sunshine.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 11:02:54 -0700
Message-ID: <4AB66E4E.5040709@sunshine.net>
To: public-html@w3.org
Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
 >
 > On Sep 20, 2009, at 3:35 AM, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:

 >> I'll use your vague link to what Steven said to say the following:
 >>
 >> If "people who produce their own content that they wish to have
 >> distributed (or sold) via web pages" is out of scope for HTML5, then
 >> you are confirming what Steven said.
 >
 > The process of producing content is in scope. The business and 
economics
 > of selling content is not. This is exactly the same as for HTML4. So
 > this can't be an argument that HTML5 is worse for a particular 
audience
 > than HTML4.

No, I disagree with your last line: I make an argument on exactly that 
basis: it's actually *because* HTML5 continues to fail, as HTML4 did, 
at the direct sale of content, that the only way remaining to monetize 
the web is by value-adding around the (free) content with Web Services 
and advertising.

This pushes the monetization of the web towards the professional 
coders who will use the new tools and efficiencies in HTML5 to 
continue to build advertising, professional publishing (middlemen), 
and web services. I am not against any of these things per se. But I 
believe if the internet builds only them, without rewarding what 
individuals contribute directly through full-time, committed, 
life-long work at creating the best content, there will be major 
losses to society from spending more time in the current forms of 
HTML4/5.

The issue of how to sell content produced by individuals remains 
unsolved in HTML5, as you have stated. What I am attempting to say is 
that this is not a minor issue and it is unsolved for over two decades 
now. Meanwhile monetization of the web will proceed; is proceeding; 
but not for individuals; only for those with deep pockets.
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