Message-Id: <9506262146.AA16368@internet1.lotus.com> To: www-mail <email@example.com> Cc: "Marc Salomon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, From: Paul Grous <Paul_Grous.NOTES@crd.lotus.com> Date: 23 Jun 95 23:38:00 EDT Subject: Re: Agent-mediated access (was Re: Criticism of Kidcode...) At 3:46 PM 6/21/95, Peter Deutsch wrote: >is to render it. This is a very limiting world view. >We're moving towards a world where it wont just be humans >using these things and we wont want to see just files. >Forcing people to work through the GUI (selecting URLs to >fetch, for example) is going to be way too limiting for >the long run. This argument has been used against file systems for a long time. You really want a sea of objects, etc., etc.. Lots of attempts have been and are being made in that direction - but when it comes down to it, J. Random User has enough trouble with file system abstractions, they tend to get lost if you take those concrete metaphors away. That's not to say that it can't be done in a way that will work. But I'd be very specific about the user interface aspects before investing too much in the technology. Kee Hinckley Utopia Inc. - Cyberspace Architects 617/721-6100 email@example.com http://www.utopia.com/ I'm not sure which upsets me more: that people are so unwilling to accept responsibility for their own actions, or that they are so eager to regulate everyone else's.