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Re: Uniform access to descriptions

From: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 16:17:53 -0400
To: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>
Cc: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, "www-tag@w3.org WG" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20080320201752.GA28159@mercury.ccil.org>

Roy T. Fielding scripsit:

> All of the hosting services that I have used over the past eight years

I know Aunt Tillies, Aunt Tillies are friends of mine, and Roy, you're
no Aunt Tillie.

> It is my experience that whenever anyone here says just about anything
> negative about configuring a web server, the only thing they have really
> lacked is the fortitude to read the documentation on how to do it.

The fact that something is possible doesn't make it not arcane and
difficult, and even if the arcaneness and difficulty can be reduced,
it remains a pain in the ass.

The facts are that Aunt Tillie controls the content of her document (but
not its format, as a general thing) and maybe the URL (though if she is
using blogging software, usually not).  There is not, and will not be,
any way for Aunt Tillie to create a firm link between her document and
anything she wants to say about the document, unless it so happens
that the tools she is using let her add the information directly to
the document.

As Sir Peter Medawar said to the roomful of biologists who were debating
the meaning of "life" (as opposed to the meaning of life), "I think we
all know the difference between a live horse and a dead one, so let us
cease to beat the latter."

-- 
John Cowan    http://ccil.org/~cowan    cowan@ccil.org
SAXParserFactory [is] a hideous, evil monstrosity of a class that should
be hung, shot, beheaded, drawn and quartered, burned at the stake,
buried in unconsecrated ground, dug up, cremated, and the ashes tossed
in the Tiber while the complete cast of Wicked sings "Ding dong, the
witch is dead."  --Elliotte Rusty Harold on xml-dev
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