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scriptingNews outline for 12/20/2000

Author:Dave Winer
Posted:12/20/2000; 6:27:57 AM
Topic:scriptingNews outline for 12/20/2000
Msg #:22024
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Survey: Must journalists disclose?

New feature: Radio as a Slides editing tool for Manila.

Microsoft: SOAP Toolkit 2.0 Beta 1.

Erik Thauvin has updated his Bookmarks-to-OPML script.

Which XML-RPC environments support asynchronous calls?

Best wishes to Pyra, dealing with an outage on BlogSpot.

David Davies on FileMaker 5.

Macromedia: Flash Usability Tips.

A new SOAP glossary.

I expect great things from this site.

Scott Rosenberg wants an email program that works.

Clay Shirky sees English as the British Navy of today.

Press release: Microsoft uses XMetal.

Motley Fool: Don't Bet on Patents.


A new idea is going to enter the Scripting News vocabulary.

"I started a new category."

Predictions for Y2K++ 

I started a new category for predictions for 2001.

Prediction: Al Gore and/or Bill Clinton will become a partner at KPCB.

Prediction: The Two-Way-Web, an ever-broadening pipe, will become the focus of the VC community, equal to or exceeding the hype of P2P.

(Both will also appear in the Venture Capital category as well.)


Last night at a geekish party in Menlo Park, I heard the story of HTML 3.0, a 1995 spec produced by a working group of SGML gurus (purists?) to set HTML right. Neither of the major browser vendors participated. Presumably no Web developers participated either. Backward compatibility was not a major goal. It went nowhere.

Then came HTML 3.2, which was continuous with earlier versions, and it was adopted, more or less.

Discontinuity is a mathematical term. A function has a discontinuity at y if the limit of f(x) as x approaches y is not defined. The derivative of the function is not defined at y.

Applied to HTML, there was a discontinuity at 3.0.

Tim Bray on Mail Starting 12/20/00. "I think your basic point (continuity wins) is correct, but I don't think you have the right historical example."

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