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Re: Approved TAG finding: Authoritative Metadata

From: Elliotte Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2006 17:19:29 -0400
Message-ID: <44DCF461.7090907@metalab.unc.edu>
To: "Avoid@gmail" <avoid.spam.account@gmail.com>
CC: www-tag@w3.org

Avoid@gmail wrote:

> During the last 8 years (probably more), we have seen the following loop:
> Start:
> W3C: "The Web should be like this"
> Vendors: "No"
> Grandma and Grandpa: "Snif"
> GO TO Start

No, that's not how it works, though it may look like that over a short 
enough time period. Consider the gradual replacement of tables and 
presentational markup by XHTML and CSS. In the long term, the right 
approach often does win. Other, ongoing examples:

REST vs. WS-*
HTTP authentication vs. cookies
Atom vs. RSS

The right approach does not always win overnight, but over time it does win.

´╗┐Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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