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Re: kelvSYC's Thoughts on the new XHTML Draft

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 07:25:46 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200305140625.h4E6Pkc02549@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

> In each discussion we should also identify:
> 	- Web Developer
> 	- Common User

The original concept of the web was that there would be very little
difference between these, as information creators wouldn't need 
a new layer of middlemen to author their documents!

That a distinction is perceived is probably the result of high profile
web sites really being application programs or advertising artwork,
not documents containing information.  From that point of view, there
should probably be at least three standards (although I might argue
that the PDF/SVG family line is more suited to advertising artwork, and
has been throughout the whole life of the web).  These are a language
for straightforward information documents; a language for thin client
application programs and a language for advertising copy.  (An advertising
copy language can't really be semantic as, for the designers of adverts,
unfortunately for those really wanting to know about the products,
it is usually important that the true meaning is only implicit.)

The main problem with the original concept is that you cannot create
businesses to support it, so there is no money to promote it.
Received on Wednesday, 14 May 2003 02:42:50 UTC

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