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Componentising the web

In general on June 8, 2008 at 8:29 pm

“The problem with standards is that there are so many to choose from.” In a knowledgable market, needs are met by providers who then compete over implementation and reliability issue. Eventually some accepted norms emerge to allow interoperability of need satisfaction. So, it’s pleasing to see some new services emerge on the web like the ‘still testing’ UserVoice a neat idea to allow plug-in feedack capabilities on your site. This got me thinking about the privacy of the data collected. Investigating further, I found that the developers have anticipated (using their own software in a reflective postmodern way) the need to ensure that users giving feedback are known to the application i.e. authenticated. They have the development of an authentication API on their to do list – which presumably will play well with other authentication system – such as those used by prospective customers! It will either be a useful technology lesson or a useful commercial lesson, whichever way this one goes.