Re: [Elwood] Rumours of FoRK's Death have been greatly exaggerated.

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From: Roy T. Fielding (fielding@kiwi.ICS.UCI.EDU)
Date: Sat May 20 2000 - 17:58:29 PDT

>| And to the creators, instead of looking back, look forward. It's true
>| that the Web is broken, but for a broken system it works remarkably
>| well. Laugh and sing "it's even worse than it appears." Now what would
>| you die for? What single feature would unlock a years worth of
>| creativity for you. The more elegantly and simply you can express that,
>| the more likely it will excite the people who create the technology that
>| controls the Web. (And if you doubt that MS controls the Web, think again.)

Hmmm, no on all counts.

The Web is not broken -- it just doesn't match what other people think
is "fixed". It is getting a bit crufty due to all of the half-measures,
workarounds, and broken implementations, but it still works because
cruft and bad behavior were anticipated as part of its design.

MS controls the Web? Hah! Elegance might work on those who do, but
not on Microsoft. If you want MS to jump, all you have to do is wave
a market under their nose. If you want the Web to change, you should
change it yourself and see if the change survives. If it survives,
a market will appear, and then Microsoft will follow, just as they
have always done.


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