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Re: declarative expressons in WF2

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 01:36:37 +0300
Message-Id: <5E8AD647-C154-48CC-AEF3-B4EC3B4934E0@iki.fi>
Cc: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
To: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>

On Mar 27, 2007, at 01:05, Dave Raggett wrote:

> Then you've missed the point of open standards. Yes you could  
> define a proprietary format, but then the user of that is locked  
> into that tool. You've swapped proprietary formats on the PC for  
> proprietary formats on the server. Out of the frying pan into the  
> fire as they say!

TurboGears, Django, Ruby on Rails, etc. may lock you to a particular  
framework, but they are not proprietary. I think you are moving the  
lock-in just up a layer to your hypothetical tool interchange format,  
which is not all that different from J2EE not supposedly locking you  
in because J2EE stacks are available from different vendors.

It's like XSLT. Using XSLT supposedly frees transformation code from  
lock-in to a particular programming language when compared to DOM or  
SAX manipulation in Java or Python. However, the lock-in just moves  
to XSLT which is itself a (special-purpose) programming language.  
Instead of porting a Python or Java to a different OS, the  
portability issue becomes implementing an XSLT interpreter on top of  
Java, Python, etc.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Monday, 26 March 2007 22:36:41 UTC

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