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Re: new TAG issue TagSoupIntegration-54 (discussion around the web)

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 1 Nov 2006 11:23:02 +0900
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I think this weblog post captures in part what is my opinion on the  
topic

<http://blogs.concedere.net:8080/blog/discipline/web/?permalink=The- 
Problem-of-Data-Formats.html>

To summarize a bit my thoughts with regards to this post and the  
discussion here:

When creating a technology

- Specificying the Data Format (is not enough).
- Defining Extension mechanims, without necessary encouraging them.
- When in a distributed environment, two very important pieces are  
needed:
    - Errors handling (what is an error? how to handle it?)
    - Errors fixing/feedback in an improvement cycle. (how to be sure  
that the error is not just an acknowledgement but an opportunity to  
fix it.)
- It's not only about renderers. We do not address often the  
producers of data. Those who create bad formats (humans and tools), I  
guess because we do not address the improvement cycle.

Metaphor: A spelling software which
   1. underlines a mistake with a visual clue, helps me to localize  
but I do not learn anything.
   2. tells me "did you mean this?" with a list of proposed words.  
Help me to find alternatives to my mistake, but I still do not learn  
a lot.
   3. tells me "In this circumstance, this word must have an 's"'.  
See the grammar rule foo…", help me to fix and I learn for the future.

Being human or machine, we should be able to improve, but this is  
easier if the technology in its definition prepare the mechanisms for  
it.

I also think that would be very valuable for the community to have an  
_open_ survey (data and results) of the state of the Web. Maybe  
search engines companies and browsers can help on this.


-- 
Karl Dubost - http://www.w3.org/People/karl/
W3C Conformance Manager, QA Activity Lead
   QA Weblog - http://www.w3.org/QA/
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