Re: WWW goals: xref and.. non-duplication?

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From: Ka-Ping Yee (
Date: Wed May 31 2000 - 18:47:40 PDT

Somebody wrote:
> The other one I recall is the ability to pull data from
> multiple sources into a single seamless presentation,
> such as by using IMG tags to pull graphics from other/multiple
> sites into the rendered display. Here's the part I'm not
> sure about: was, or was not, this intended (at least in part)
> to reduce duplication? Allowing diverse hosts to access
> a single central data collection rather than having to
> duplicate it?

Roy Fielding responded:
> And, if that's not enough to prove the point, the following is a
> quote from one of the first papers on the Web's design [2]:
> Features to note are:
> o Information need only be represented once, as a reference
> may be made instead of a copy;
> ...
> Yep, that's right -- the very first feature mentioned.

Right. Anyone ever heard of "transclusion"? Like, way back in 1965?

-- ?!ng

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