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- From: Tim Bray <email@example.com>
- To: Paul Prescod <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
- Date: Mon, 01 Nov 1999 22:31:21 -0800
At 12:07 AM 11/2/99 -0600, Paul Prescod wrote:
>By the time you have a schema for your domain you have mapped out your
>communal understanding of that domain.
This is a surprising and counter-intuitive assertion that needs some
supporting evidence. I disagree. I think large parts of the the
"communal understanding" live in wetware between human ears and in messy
>In many areas that *is* cracking
Where I work, people aren't satisfied until there's running code that
does useful stuff, and the schema-ware is an essential but fairly small
component of getting there.
> As a practical example, consider word processing. By now there
>are dozens of word processors and desktop publishers. It would be a
>massive effort to come to understand their commonalities and define the
>"universal DTP language."
Huh? Weren't we talking about schemas? -T.
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