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  • From: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
  • To: "xml-dev@xml.org" <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2000 10:16:53 -0400

The trouble with having a reputation for unflappable calm and rationality is
that when you *do* lose it, and begin to react emotionally, people suspect
you of cold-hearted manipulation.

Simon St. Laurent sent me a private email.  By mistake, I forwarded my response
to this mailing list.  I apologize for doing so.

To compound matters, I used an expression in that email which was not intended
for public consumption, and which has made for wounded feelings.  It was especially
open to misinterpretation by those lacking a perfect grasp of English-language
idiom.  It was not my intent to disparage any organization as contemptible.

I also wish to state that I wish Jonathan Borden every success in his attempt
to define an XML property set.

("Eating crow", BTW, means "publicly humbling oneself, particularly by
accepting what one has fought against".)


Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau,  || http://www.reutershealth.com
Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau,           || http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
Und trank die Milch vom Paradies.            -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)


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