Tag Archives: web

Untangling the Web

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not entirely convinced about the suitability of this trendy new ‘World Wide Web’ as a development platform:

https://andywootton.wordpress.com/2015/07/18/can-you-hear-knocking/

I recently went on a ‘Web 101’ course to dilute my ignorance, by doing some HTML, CSS & JavaScript myself. I discovered that I’d been making an incorrect assumption. Because I was familiar with client-server computing, I’d been assuming that if you had a web client, you had to have a web server to get anything done. You don’t. We didn’t go near a web server until our fifth session. We edited files on our file system and displayed them in our browsers.

Because I wanted to try my CSS on a different client platform and form factor, I saved my files to Dropbox, so I could access them from my Linux PCs or my Android tablet. I was ‘web teching’ without any web. Links don’t have to be HTTP. We could do things better, without throwing everything away.

 

 

 

 

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An Open web service protocol for distributed notification

We all need ‘a place of our own’ in ‘the Cloud’, to replace ‘the desktop’ as the place notifications are sent to and distributed from. To be successful, it would need to be based on open protocols, so that any service provider can host the service, and must include at least one good FOSS implementation so we can DIY it. Is there a W3C committee working on this, that I haven’t heard about?

I frequently move between Android phone & tablet and Ubuntu desktop. I am sick of being repeatedly notified of something I read 2 hours ago. My devices don’t read my notifications, I do and I don’t want to have to go to a web wite to fetch them. I want them to find me, be read, then be cleared unless I say not to and for that to be propagated. Most of the OSs seem to have finally got a working notification system, about 3 years after it might have been useful without such a service.

Ubuntu or Mozilla would have been obvious places to launch an anti-competition service back then, for the good of the users. Now, I guess we’ll have to depend on Mozilla and even then they’d try to market it to sound like it depends on sign-up to Firefox Sync.

Overlapping-tribes notification would be an obvious expansion. Google Circles would have been a good place to start, if we could trust them. A WebRTC Googlist told me that the people who took the XMPP out of Googe Talk are ‘no longer with them’. The trouble is: I’m not sure if that was for being Evil or for getting caught.