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RE: D-AC009.2 discussion points and proposal(s)

From: David Booth <dbooth@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 16:47:33 -0400
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To: "Champion, Mike" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>, wsawg public <www-ws-arch@w3.org>
(Just so that this message is not misunderstood, I am not objecting to 
Chris's currently proposed wording for D-AC009.2, because I believe the 
issue is more relevant to the resulting Working Groups and technologies 
than the Architecture WG itself.  However I do want to point out one thing 
for the benefit of future decisions . . .  )

At 02:00 PM 5/21/2002 -0400, Champion, Mike wrote:
>the WS requirements should be
>driving the SW requirements rather than vice versa.

I think it would be very dangerous to reverse the requirement like 
that.  Web Services is important, but it isn't more important than the Web 
as a whole.  The Semantic Web is just the incremental advancement of the 
Web as a whole to be more useful.  (Specifically, to enable you to find, 
share and combine information much more easily.)  It isn't a separate Web 

Web Services needs to work with the Web -- not the other way around.  If we 
were to turn the requirement around, then we would risk Web Services 
fracturing or inhibiting the Web as a whole, which would be very bad indeed.

David Booth
W3C Fellow / Hewlett-Packard
Telephone: +1.617.253.1273
Received on Thursday, 23 May 2002 16:46:53 UTC

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