Re: Proposed TAG issue on the boundaries of the Web

On Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at 05:32  PM, Keith Moore wrote:

>> The uniform interface semantics are necessary to differentiate the
>> Web from the Internet.
> I agree that there must be some commonality across interfaces.
> OTOH, the web's existence does not depend on all interfaces
> to all information services having uniform semantics - only that
> there is a significant degree of commonality between operations
> that are supported by different information services.

The Web both supplies and depends on uniform semantics.  Web servers
and client-side library abstractions (connectors and proxies) provide
uniform semantic interfaces to other information services.  Proxies
work because of it.  Web user-agents pass those uniform semantics on
to the user through a consistent UI.  That is what makes the Web desirable
for information integration.  The two are inseparable.


Received on Wednesday, 10 April 2002 22:25:05 UTC