Thread Subject: Re: Definition of Web Content
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From: Andrew Kirkpatrick
Date: Mon, Jun 25 2007 6:05 PM
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So something like SVG is web content in Firefox but not in IE then
according to your definition. That doesn't seem like it will be a
This exercise is a frustrating one - I've heard that if I get an HTML
email that the email content is web content when it is resident on a web
server but not when it is in a desktop email client, although it is if
the user is using an online email client. What if we have a
intermittently connected email client that uses server-based pages to
create the email client UI and view the message (like a standard online
email tool) but that has the ability to cache the code and scripts to
allow it to work when the user is offline so that the user can review
email that has been received. Is that email web content? What about
the email client itself?
I'm increasingly convinced that the separation of "regular" web content
from "software" is a bad idea. We've moved to the point of having
nearly the same standards in both software and web sections, let's just
combine them and make this simple. There will quickly be resources
available to help HTML developers ("What if your software is just a
plain old semantic HTML web page?") and we all know that more and more
HTML is going to straddle the line between web and software, no matter
how the distinction is defined...