Re: Diverse Tools (was HTML editors)

Subject: Re: Diverse Tools (was HTML editors)
From: "Simon North" <north -at- synopsys -dot- COM>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2001 11:58:23 +0200

Keith Cronin said:

> you can't say that
> it doesn't work at all, can you? Can 50 million web pages be wrong?

OK, I'll rise to the bait ...

what would you call "working". 50 million pages, fine, but the best
search technology we can offer is FULL TEXT SEARCH ! you call
that working? It's the equivalent of walking into the library of
congress, dumping the catalog cards on the floor and then looking
for a passage in a book. My definition of 'working' requires just a
little more than that.

Without the contrived analogies ... the web works? my turn for a
counter challenge ... c'mon, anything that relies on such a puerile,
braindead mechanism as physically embedding hyperlink source
points and target in documents is so patently worthless that any
attempt to call it 'working' is frankly laughable.

Compare HTML with the richness of HyTime linking: external links,
one-to-many, many-to-one, many-to-many links; semantic
identifiable links, transclusion (allowing the creation of composite
'virtual' documents), add in architectural forms (warning: do NOT
start me off on why namespaces suck!) a whole host of technical
capabilities that so far surpass anything that HTML could do that
you might as well compare Lego with concrete, bricks and mortar.
HTML is a kiddies' toy. It does some cute things, but it is not

OK, I'm not convinced that the Semantic Web is more than an
idealistic dream (if you haven't heard the term, I suggest you check
it out fast as this may well be what the Web of the the future could
look like), but it's sure a step in the right direction. What you call
"working" is an amateurish shambles. Amusing, a good prototype
even, but not ready for prime time.


The media is not the same message.


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