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- From: "W. Eliot Kimber" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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- Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 01:27:05 -0500
At 10:49 AM 9/22/98 +0100, Michael Kay wrote:
>>...it is wrong to use names in a space you don't control.
>If this is "wrong", I think you need to distinguish whether
>you mean "it does not conform to standard XYZ", or "it is
>usually bad engineering practice", or "it is against
>European Law", or "it is contrary to ethical norms".
>In the case of XML Public Identifiers, I'm not sure the
>practice is intrinsically "wrong" on any of these counts; it
>is only wrong if it hurts someone.
I contend it's certainly contrary to ethical norms. It's probably
actionable in US civil courts if harm can be demonstrated, and I can
certainly imagine that as these issues become more widely understood, that
national or international law might be brought to bear.
The most the standards can do is provide a framework and set of conventions
that solve the technical aspecs of the problem. It is up to society to
define and enforce the ethical aspects of the problem.
W. Eliot Kimber, Senior Consulting SGML Engineer
ISOGEN International Corp.
2200 N. Lamar St., Suite 230, Dallas, TX 75202. 214.953.0004
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