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  • From: "Michael Champion" <Mike.Champion@softwareag-usa.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 09:15:53 -0500

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Birbeck" <Mark.Birbeck@iedigital.net>
To: <xml-dev@xml.org>; <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2000 6:07 PM
Subject: RE: A certain difficulty

> I really don't see what the point is in making such value judgements. If
> an inventor is unable to convey their idea clearly then so be it. If
> others can explain it well, then great. It is really irrelevant for how
> good the invention is.
> > Generally speaking, a complicated design is a bad design.
> I'd like to see the mathematical proof for that one! Once again you are
> introducing value judgements.

Sigh, now we have Groves, Architectural Forms, and RDF as technologies that
could save the world if only people could look past their complexity and the
turgidity of their specifications.  The world does need saving, so no one
wants to overlook potentially helpful technologies.  On the other hand, most
of us have more lucrative ways of spending our time than deconstructing
these specs.

If there is a reality behind the claims for the power of one or more of
these, I hope some person or group who understands them could:

- Write a clear exposition that is accessible to ordinary software
- Provide case studies of using it to master hard problems
- Provide a (open source?) tool implementation so that we can use them too

On the other hand, if this stuff is so powerful, how come nobody out there
has used it in a fabulously successful project/product that makes us stand
up and take notice?

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