[Marketing-Public]InfoWorld: Why Mozilla matters: October 10, 2003: By Jon Udell: Application Development

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By&nbsp;<span class=3D"artText">
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oss-platform
ubiquity is the upside, a clumsy UI tied to a Net umbilical cord is the d=
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ways, and has a passable mechanism for working offline with local data. F=
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presentation, not just for multimedia eye candy, but I'm convinced that i=
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 the browser's greatest strength. The browser is an engine for displaying=
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a proper division of labor. But our notion of what documents are is chang=
ing, thanks to Web services. Tear open the envelope
of a SOAP packet, and you'll find an XML document inside. That document, =
representing a business transaction in flight, lives
in two worlds at the same time. To applications and services, it's an XML=
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be glancing over its shoulder. But as Web services redefine documents, Mo=
zilla, an open and extensible document-handling engine,
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