Ian Bicking: the old part of his blog

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You have to keep in mind, though, that the HTML 4 Web clearly dominates all other technologies at the moment. Web applications aren't some future fantasy -- they are just as important right now as the content delivery aspect of the web. What XHTML (or even just HTML 4, which isn't so bad) and WHAT-WG is trying to do is distinct from the other two in that it's incremental, and builds on an overwhelmingly successful technology and model. The other two build on the success of XML, which is a pretty meager foundation of success (a file format).
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