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Re: AJAX vs. Xforms

From: Elliotte Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2005 15:08:56 -0500
Message-ID: <436679D8.1010207@metalab.unc.edu>
To: Vincent Berger <vincent.berger@afp.com>
CC: www-forms@w3.org

Vincent Berger wrote:

> People are not so stupid. They know how to install plugins.

Some do. Many don't. Few if any know how to do it right. My wife has two 
masters degrees and she can't install a plugin. My father's a lawyer and 
he can't. My two brothers probably can, but I wouldn't swear to it. My 
mother probably could but she's a math professor. I could if I really 
wanted to, but for whatever reason I still can't seem to keep them 
installed. Every once in a while I do get around to installing Flash or 
the PDF plugin, but a few months later it's gone again. Why? Frankly I 
can't be bothered to find out.

The world is not composed exclusively of programmers (Thank God!). Too 
may programmers have social skills too limited to enable them to see how 
the rest of the world thinks. What's obvious to them, ranges from 
difficult to impossible for most normal people. AJAX works because it's 
accessible to normal people. Anything that depends on a plugin isn't.

´╗┐Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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