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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 13:40:43 -0500
Message-ID: <5106C62B.2070300@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 1:19 PM, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> I think either you replied to the wrong email or I'm missing the point
> you're trying to make. All I was trying to say is that ideas designed
> for closed environments might not end up working that well in open
> environments. And sometimes as seen e.g. with WML, XHTML Basic, etc.
> closed environments are just washed away.

Possibly, and if so I apologize. I confess that I've only found the time to 
read selected posts, but it seemed to me that Larry's note and various 
notes including yours together raised the questions: "is it appropriate for 
the TAG to devote energy to W3C technologies that would only see 
significant use in closed environments", and and if that's so, "is XML such 
a technology"?  I was responding to the 2nd point: I believe that XML is an 
example of a technology that does remain widely used on the open Web as 
well as in more closed environments, and for which there are significant 

Although I quoted a section of your note that seemed to make the case that 
the same technologies tend not to be useful in both settings, responding to 
you in particular was not my intent. Sorry for any confusion on that.

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