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Re: Formatting Objects considered harmful
Subject: Re: Formatting Objects considered harmful|
From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1999 14:19:35 -0400
At 05:43 PM 4/28/99 +0100, Guy Murphy wrote:
>1. Are you commiting to the arguement that use of a "semantic firewall" is
>a "bad thing" and that the W3C should take steps to stop such a practice?
I'm saying the use of such semantic firewalls basically kills off the
arguments behind the creation of XML by the W3C - delivering _meaningful_
generic markup over the Web. Hiding your semantics or charging for them is
putting up a wall to intelligent search engines and agents as well as
cheapskates. The self-interest of the business behind the semantic
firewall is well-served, but the community is poorly served.
>2. Are you suggesting that the W3C should impede what you have previously
>stated to be a sound business case?
I said it was a good business plan, but I hardly support every good
business plan. For the reasons stated above, I certainly hope the W3C -
toothless though it is - discourages such practices.
>3. Are you suggesting that the W3C should take steps to discourage large
>corporates from placing their data on the Web?
In this form, yes. text/xfo or whatever is a significant step down from
HTML, and doesn't begin to deliver on the promise of XML.
In reality, I expect them to do nothing of the sort. But they could always
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