in communication with
a netherworld of cloud based Servers.
HTTP and JSON
keep the AJAX alive
as Clients push their shopping carts
Old myths lay just beneath the surface.
The dragon, atop a treasure trove:
our Python coiled among memory stones,
latter day oracles,
each full of juicy secrets,
some authentication required.
Patrick shot back that software gets between conventional writing skills and all this machine-oriented stuff, so mastery of HTML is not a prerequisite for mastery of English, that boundary still stands. My thoughts went back to Gene Fowler's thesis, that Amerish (as distinct from English) did include XML grammars (one could say) much as the Roman language included outlines, argument templates, formats. A meta-grammar if you will (this was Steve's point).
If there's no zip code but one is required, or if the puzzle question is not solved (correctly or incorrectly), then lets not go running off to the server half-cocked. Have all your papers in order before reaching the server's desk, don't be fumbling through your bottomless purse for that elusive passport. Servers need to move quickly, not sit there grinding away pointing out exceptions, empty blanks, missing data. The client side should have handled that stuff. First get the blanks filled, then send only completed forms to the server for transaction processing.
This was a literature class, not a computer science class. The "tabla rasa" or "blank canvas" of our day is the web page. That's where most writing now appears, even when published in hard copy on demand. Gene had a point about the final repository being more XML-like at the roots, not necessarily applied "later". The structure and logic of the document requires the DOM to express and define itself. To argue these are the skills of human language writers, not just machines, is not the huge uphill battle it once was. "Amerish" (a-MER-ish) is taking shape.