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Re: WWW Notes

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001 17:42:37 -0000
Message-ID: <029701c091f6$9e5ab160$f2db93c3@z5n9x1>
To: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>, <www-talk@w3.org>
> The problem is the i.e. instead of e.g. that closes the door to
> understanding and turns public welfare into a private party: [...]

I thought long and hard aobut using "i.e." instead of "e.g." before sending
the announcement. I think I wanted to express that this is a document that
outlines how the WWW has survied as a hypermedia system when so many others
have failed, and also to point out some of the inherent problems that have
been created due to its "popularity".

> webSters cannot conceive of a time before 1993.

There was time before 1993? :-) Seriously, if you look at the HyperText
community from about 1985 until 1993, you will see that something was
starting to happen, independantly of W3. The World Wide Web just brought it
all together... it was like the koan that blew apart the shackles of

> The essential task is to identify and apply means to ensure
> "closed systems [of definitions] do not create systematic
> distortions in communications". - Gruber

That is a good, point. Do you feel that the Web distorts our ability to
communicate because of the restrictions that it imposes, and the lack of a
solid arhcitecture? As Aaron once said (about something completely
different) "it's held together with bubble gum, but it works". The WWW is
successful, even if it isn't perfect. But that doesn't stop us discussing
how it might be made nicer, if not utopian.

Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
@prefix : <http://webns.net/roughterms/> .
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