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Re: "hypertext"

From: Francis McCabe <fgm@fla.fujitsu.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2002 11:35:12 -0700
Cc: www-ws-arch@w3.org
To: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Message-Id: <BA873246-B534-11D6-B23E-000393A3327C@fla.fujitsu.com>

And this presupposes that there are three verbs in the universe: get, put 
and delete;-)

But more seriously, I certainly understand this as characterizing the 
hypertext view. And the above remark (I hope) illustrates the fundamental 
problem)

Frank

On Wednesday, August 21, 2002, at 09:08  AM, Mark Baker wrote:

>
> Just a quick note to try to shake up some of the preconceived notions
> of what "hypertext" is or isn't.
>
> "Hypertext" is roughly what you get when all of your distributed objects
> have a single method which means "give me your state" (i.e. pickling,
> serialization).  So rather than an object representing a stock quote
> with an interface with methods such as getCurrent, getOpen, etc..  you
> have a single method (GET) which returns a representation of the full
> state of the object, e.g.
>
> <quote symbol="foo">
>  <current>12.5</current>
>  <open>12.25</open>
> </quote>
>
> So it doesn't in any way constrain what can be represented (all
> objects can be pickled).  Nor does it constrain the consumer of that
> information to requiring a human process it (that depends on the
> specific form of serialization; HTML for humans, RDF/XML for
> machines).  It only constrains the way in which the information is
> made available; through a generic method invoked upon an object
> identified by a URI.
>
> MB
> --
> Mark Baker, CTO, Idokorro Mobile (formerly Planetfred)
> Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.               distobj@acm.org
> http://www.markbaker.ca        http://www.idokorro.com
>
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