From: Rajiv Shah (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Jan 13 2000 - 18:54:02 PST
There is something to be said for Joy's comments. I see parts of the web
as becoming fragmented to serve specific customer niches.
For example, consider how content must be reformatted for wireless devices
to optimize readability. Thus creating a wireless web.
Or how overlay networks such as Akamai allow content producers to "buy"
quicker access for their customers. Thus achieving an effectively higher
speed network for these customers. (Going to skip QoS example)
And third, there appears to be a movement ala Apple to create a proprietary
link between browsers and servers.
So in a sense Joy is right in there are multiple variants of the web that
have different requirements both on the technical end and the human
end. But Dan does have a point if you use the W3C definition it still is
At 04:33 PM 1/13/00 -0800, Dan Kohn wrote:
>One of the more clueless statements I've seen in a while.
>There is only one web, defined by Tim Berners-Lee as the "universe of
>network-accessible information". <http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Points/>
> - dan
>Daniel Kohn <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
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>Subject: Future Internet will have parallel web networks
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>SUN CO-FOUNDER SEES MANY WEBS
>Sun Microsystems co-founder and chief scientist Bill Joy sees not one, but
>multiple, intertwined Webs: "It has been clear to us since '95 that there
>wasn't just one Web. Many people still think there is just one Web. There
>isn't. There are six Webs, and they come from the modality in which the
>information is used. They are all interconnected." The most familiar one is
>the Web that is accessed from the PC, and is used for shopping, e-mail and
>browsing. "The second is clearly more organized for entertainment," says
>Joy, who cites TV-like interactive content as an example. The third is a Web
>with information designed for handheld PCs; the fourth is a network that
>uses voice recognition to navigate the Web. These four Webs all "leave the
>human in the loop," says Joy, but the last two do not. They are: an
>e-business Web where, for instance, one company's inventory system can
>communicate with another company's inventory system without human
>intervention; and a sixth Web that involves embedded systems or "sensors
>that confederate and work together to do things." (TechWeb 11 Jan 2000)
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