Could you please define "the web we have now"? I fail to understand your point as I am not certain of what you mean by this assertion.
I mean web applications people have been building in the field, implemented for the current batch of browsers.# Ian Bicking
Well then I'm sorry but I do not understand your point at all. REST is not effective today because it is still widely misunderstood IMO (I'm not saying I understand it cmprehensively). Too many people think RESTful URLs equal REST application. It is so wrong. RESTful URLs are a mean. REST is a set of principle.
I really miss your point here Ian.
I perhaps state my anti RESTful URLness too strongly. There's obviously nothing wrong with such URLs. There's just not much particularly right about them either. They are just strings either way. How they are read by humans isn't very important. The verbs are more important, and using more verbs presents real problems with existing applications and clients.# Ian Bicking