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Time Out From Behaviors

by Nate Zelnick Trying to Hit a Moving Target is No Fun This week I wanted to talk about Microsoft's proposal for encapsulating programmatic function in reusable objects--the alternative to the Action Sheets proposal that Netscape made to the World Wide Web Consortium in June that I talked about last time. Unfortunately, because of some last-minute changes to the specification, anything I said about Behaviors at this point would likely be wrong. Writing about technology means always reserving a backup topic. So I started to work on an explanation of namespaces in XML. But at the last minute, the namespaces specification started to fluctuate radically. So I tried to write about the XML DOM. Oops, no luck. The XML DOM is also unfinished. Sigh. The lesson to be learned from this is that technologies--especially Internet technologies--are getting much harder to throw over the wall and out onto the general Web. Given the problems with the ad hoc growth of HTML over the last few years, this is a good thing. It is actually comforting to find that the various committees working on XML are attempting to ensure that the specification will not emerge with some fundamental flaws that will only be amplified as the layers of technology are wrapped around the core. But it also means that we can all expect to wait awhile before the promise of XML is fulfilled.


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