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AWWW second edition, maybe -- terminology

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:48:55 +0100
To: www-tag <www-tag@w3.org>
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Futher to discussion at the recent f2f, and With a lot of help from
Marcos and Yves, we have a staging area on GitHub [1] for a _possible_
second edition [2] of AWWW [3].  I emphasise that the TAG have _not_
yet decided to do this, rather we are _considering_ it.  I have said
I'll consider trying to edit a new edition _provided_ we can satisfy
ourselves that the scope of the effort can be effectively limited.

Of the various wedges whose thin edges we can anticipate threatening
to turn into dangerous scope-creep, terminology is definitely high on
the list.

One example: At the f2f, Tim Berners-Lee mentioned that he would
prefer to drop all use of the word 'resource'.  I too would like to do
this, and indeed I recently posted [2] to this list a pointer to a
talk I gave which introduces an approach to the httpRange-14 issue
which avoids the word.

To try to take this conversation forward, [1][2] contain (with diffs
highlighted) a new Abstract, which removes 'resource', and introduces
the 'active' aspect of the Web, as follows:

  The World Wide Web uses relatively simple technologies with
  sufficient scalability, efficiency and utility that they have
  resulted in a remarkable interconnected space of information and
  services, growing across languages, cultures and media. In an effort
  to preserve these properties of the space as the technologies
  evolve, this architecture document discusses the core design
  components of the Web. They are identification of information and
  services, representation of information state and service requests,
  and the protocols that support the interaction between agents in the
  space. We relate core design components, constraints, and good
  practices to the principles and properties they support.

Does this look like the kind of direction we'd like to move in?


[1] https://github.com/w3ctag/webarch
[2] http://w3ctag.github.io/webarch/
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/webarch/
[4] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2013May/0056.html 
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