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- From: David Megginson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: XML-Dev Mailing list <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 09:10:16 -0400 (EDT)
Paul Prescod writes:
> It is true that the W3C process encourages bottom up development
> where a spec. is developed and then integrated with the rest
> later. Of course the IETF and ISO have the same problem. The only
> way to do better would be to SLOW DOWN and map out the data and
> processing models before developing syntax. But who has time to
> figure out where we are going before we start driving?
In principle, I know that Paul is right; in practice, I've lost much
of the faith that I once had in top-down approaches to anything, from
system design to macroeconomics.
More specifically, top-down can work only with very, very good models,
and even I (who am known to shoot my mouth off) would not go so far as
to claim that I can produce a sufficiently accurate and complete model
of the Web over the next five years; in the absence of such a model,
bottom-up development and the free market of ideas is the only
reasonable choice, messy as it may be.
Remember the big experiments in top-down, centralized economic
planning in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s? Our grandchildren may still be
paying off the debts from that one.
All the best,
David Megginson firstname.lastname@example.org
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