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Software Architecture in Practice, Second Edition by Paul Clements, Len Bass, Rick Kazman

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Chapter 13. The World Wide WebA Case Study in Interoperability

with Hong-Mei Chen

Note: Hong-Mei Chen is an associate professor at the University of Hawaii's Department of Information Technology Management.

Flexibility was clearly a key goal. Every specification that was needed to ensure interoperability constrain[s] the Web's implementation. Therefore, there should be as few specifications as possible … and the necessary specifications should be made independently… . This would let you replace parts of the design while preserving the basic architecture.

—Tim Berners-Lee [Berners-Lee 96b

In the not-too-distant future, anybody who doesn't have their own home page on the World Wide Web will probably qualify for a government subsidy for ...

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