Accessible? Yeah, right.
Posted Mar 26, 2009 5:30 UTC (Thu) by TRS-80
In reply to: Accessible? Yeah, right.
However, the genie is out of the bottle, and people are turning the Web into yet another platform where the data is locked away behind code which, as Stallman points out, you might not be able to improve or to fix. In your terminology: there's only sausage on the menu. Again, I think Stallman sees the bigger picture - the risks of "cloud computing" and software as a service - before the majority does.
I doubt very much data is natively stored as HTML - it's simply not a format useful for storing data in. So whether we get the data as HTML transformed from the SQL database server-side or piped via JSON and then transformed client-side, it's not the preferred means of storage; the data is already hidden behind code. Arguably, JSON interfaces are better since you can write your own JavsScript application that runs on a page you control (modulo same-origin restrictions, but running a proxy is easy). Of course, none of this is necessary if you have direct access to the data in question because you're running it on your own server. That's where Stallman should be focusing his efforts, rather than worrying about those who use hosted systems - they've already lost.
The view source principle is about understanding the structure of a webpage so you can write your own, not extracting your data from it.
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