Alternatives to the W3C

Len Bullard cbullard at
Wed Jan 19 20:01:45 GMT 2000

James Tauber wrote:
> At 11:19 AM 1/17/00 -0600, Len Bullard wrote:
> >The future is outside the web browser.
> Actually, I think the future is increasingly *in* the web browser.
> I'm reminded of this everytime I use Microsoft Money. Local and network
> information is pretty much seamlessly brought together and presented
> essentially via a browser embedded in the Money application.

I can't argue that in the Microsoft framework, the web browser 
object has centrality, and that is very useful.  Embedding it 
in a form has given me many advantages.   It is a neat general 
rendering container (likes lots of formats) and it has a 
reasonably regular API.

But it is in new applications, particularly one which don't 
need XHTML, that I see a different future.   For these, RealMedia 
is an outstanding model.  I see more of this as developers 
become better versed at working with services and applying XML to 
lighter objects that don't require XHTML rendering.


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