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Range of Web architecture? (was Re: Early draft of Architecture Document for your review

From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 09:02:57 -0400
To: "Ian B. Jacobs" <ij@w3.org>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <20020711090257.A8125@www.markbaker.ca>

I just had another thought about the architecture document, for the
TAG's consideration.

One of the problems I've encountered in communicating my undertanding of
Web architecture in the XML Protocol and Web Services Architecture WGs,
is that while many appreciate the utility of an "information space",
they don't see it as being relevant to the problems they have to solve.
Hence the current trend towards inventing a new architecture that is
basically OMA/CORBA, which most Web services proponents have used to
solve their business problems in the past.

I'd really like to see something in the architecture document that talks
about the "range of Web architecture"; what sorts of tasks can be
coordinated between Web agents, be they human or machine?  For example,
is Web architecture sufficient(*) to permit two parties to coordinate
the purchase of a some shoes, without human intervention?  What about
three or more parties?  etc..

If this is something folks would like to see, I'd be happy to write up
some strawman text.  And FWIW, I think this would be well suited to an

(*) note that while current standards may not be sufficient for these
things, my question is, is the *architecture* sufficient?

Mark Baker, CTO, Idokorro Mobile (formerly Planetfred)
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.               distobj@acm.org
http://www.markbaker.ca        http://www.idokorro.com
Received on Thursday, 11 July 2002 08:51:41 UTC

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