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Re: Action item on syntax-based interoperability

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 12:03:05 -0400
To: "Champion, Mike" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
Message-Id: <1066924985.18897.334.camel@jammer.dm93.org>

On Thu, 2003-10-23 at 11:23, Champion, Mike wrote:
> Tim Bray writes:
> "The general success of Web software is evidence that interoperability 
> in networked information systems is best achieved by specifying 
> interfaces at the level of concrete syntax rather than abstract data 
> models or APIs."
> I would strongly urge the TAG to just not try to say anything authoritative
> along these lines.  Certainly a reasonable case can be made for Tim's
> position, and it's certainly true that the standardized "bits on the wire"
> that are viewable as ordinary text has contributed to the rapid spread of
> HTTP and HTML.  I'm very uncomfortable with elevating all this to the level
> of a general principle.

Your point is well made... I think there's an important point to be
made about syntax-based interoperability, but this text overstates
the case.

If you find a moment to suggest an elaboration/revision, I'd
appreciate it.


Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Thursday, 23 October 2003 12:02:37 UTC

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