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Re: Scope of W3C recommendations; core issue for polyglot & DRM

From: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:23:22 -0500
Message-ID: <5106B40A.4060605@arcanedomain.com>
To: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@annevk.nl>
CC: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>, "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>


On 1/28/2013 11:34 AM, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> I think whenever we do that (e.g. SVG, SMIL, TTML) we find that the
> technology we ended up with for a closed ecosystem either needs
> changing or is not appropriate at all for wide deployment on the web. I
> would therefore be hesitant to advocate such an approach.

Let's not be too quick about this. A Google search [1] shows over 6 Million
docx (Microsoft Word) files, all XML and all linked on the Web. For fans of
OpenOffice, the number of .odt files is 1.6 Million. There are many,
other XML types that show in the hundreds of thousands or millions (even
XAML has 400K). Those documents bring very valuable information to the Web,
are searchable for content [2] using standard search tools, and generally
contribute to the network effects that make a large Web more valuable than
a small one.

XML remains a very important interchange format on the Web; it's just not
the format of choice for the AJAX-style applications that are of most
immediate interest to the HTML working group. It's not at all inappropriate
for XML to be called out as significant to Web architecture IMO.

Noah

[1]
https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_q=docx&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&lr=&cr=&as_qdr=all&as_sitesearch=&as_occt=any&safe=images&tbs=&as_filetype=doc&as_rights=#hl=en&lr=&tbo=d&as_qdr=all&q=filetype:docx&oq=filetype:docx&gs_l=serp.3...30.6818.4.7168.2.2.0.0.0.0.343.425.1j3-1.2.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.1.B6dqI-aBDGw&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&bvm=bv.41524429,d.dmQ&fp=dc91b924f6c81c69&biw=1428&bih=879

[2]
https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&tbo=d&noj=1&biw=1428&bih=879&q=filetype%3Adocx+%22noah+mendelsohn%22&oq=filetype%3Adocx+%22noah+mendelsohn%22&gs_l=serp.3...11903.15724.0.15963.7.6.0.0.0.3.142.497.4j2.6.0.les%3B..0.0...1c.1.proym9QmE5E
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