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   Re: W3C XML Schema Questionaire

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  • From: Amy Lewis <amyzing@talsever.com>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2000 20:27:12 -0400

With all due respect,

On Thu, Jul 06, 2000 at 01:47:39PM -0500, Jonathan Robie wrote:
>7.  How important is it to release Schema quickly?
>[  ]  It is vital to ship Schema quickly, even if there are flaws.
>[  ]  It is vital to make sure Schema is good, even if it takes longer.

... this is a seriously flawed question.

Is *anyone* going to answer that it's okay to have "flaws"?   This is
the kind of argument that us developers use with managers, and as the
managers always answer, so I'll transform the question:

[  ] It is vital to ship Schema quickly, even if it is less complete.
[  ] It is vital to quickly ship an extensible base Schema set with a
clear path for further additions and developments.
[  ] It is vital to ship Schema by <date>          </date>, in a form
that may be regarded as complete (for some value of "complete", please
specify:                                                             ).
[  ] It is vital to delay the shipment of Schema until it is considered
complete by <percentage>   </percentage> of the developer community.

It is *never* vital to publish a specification with known "flaws," in
the sense of mistakes.  It may be permissible to have "flaws" that
represent areas of incompleteness ....


Amelia A. Lewis          alicorn@mindspring.com          amyzing@talsever.com
Did you exchange a walk-on part in the war for the lead role in a cage?
		-- Pink Floyd

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