RE: What CNN thinks the Web Is

It is in the nature of the press to find a way to 
juice up the story.  They can't help themselves 
since they transitioned from writing news copy 
to comedy and satire in the Nixon era. "It's all 
for the show, y'know." - Mick Jagger.  As some here  
know, when you are a luminary, any interview 
is full of landmines.  Audio is better than print 
but only slightly.

Somewhere just above the foxhole and just below 
the radar is the ideal view of life for a simple 


From: Ian B. Jacobs []

On Tue, 2003-08-12 at 14:18, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> Now we know.  It's anything a URL references on the Internet.
> Quotes Ian Jacobs and references the work of the TAG.
> I guess we can close this list and just reference that URL now. :-)


I remember this interview! The question was "Do I have to
type in "www." before" I tried to answer
the question in a manner that would suggest that people
should not rely on this error correction technique, and
in fact, they should avoid typing (and even seeing) URIs
where they can. This was captured as:

  "In an ideal world, URLs would neither be seen nor heard," says 
  Ian Jacobs of the World Wide Web Consortium at the Massachusetts  
Institute of Technology, which is working on a Web that'd 
  require no typing.

I'll bet the Voice Browser folks are happy!

 _ Ian
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Received on Tuesday, 12 August 2003 14:51:08 UTC