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   RE: Microsoft's Role in the XML Community (WAS RE: Important: The SAXC+

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  • From: Kay Michael <Michael.Kay@icl.com>
  • To: XML Developers List <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 10:46:41 +0100

> From the outside it's impossible to know how or why things 
> happen this way

No it's not, it's a natural consequence of everything that is known about
the psychology of computer programming. Microsoft developers, just like the
rest of us, face a continuous struggle between their creative urge to do
new, exciting, and useful things, and the requirements coming from their
paymasters (users, customers, marketing and business strategy people) to do
boring things like conforming to standards and retaining forwards
compatibility. The software that comes out tells you precisely the extent to
which these two opposing forces were balanced in the management culture of
the organisation.

Mike Kay 

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