A couple of other noteworthy points:
- "With Ajax, the source of innovation shifted from the browser makers to the web developers. Ajax libraries."
- "Ultimately, we should seek to replace the DOM with an Ajax-influenced API."
As I have listened to Crockford on the 4 out of the 5 sessions so far, I cannot but come away with the feeling that many of the mistakes of the past would not have been committed in the latest specification.
The future of web-based applications is definitely brighter.