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- From: John Cowan <email@example.com>
- To: Michael Champion <Mike.Champion@softwareag-usa.com>,"firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2000 11:11:38 -0400
Michael Champion wrote:
> The W3C is not some
> monolithic organization doing things for obscure and sinister purposes,
Aw, shucks. *finger-snap*
> I don't see how the
> W3C benefits from over-hyping a promised spec that proves underwhelmingly
> capable or overwelmingly complex in practice.
"Publicity is good. Good publicity is even better."
> In short, I see the "questionable" behavior that was noted (some of it which
> I have no trouble with, such as the deprecation of SGML ... and other that I
> deplore, such as the growing complexity of the XML-related specs) as the
> result of ordinary mortals trying to do so much in so little time, not
> self-serving calculation by the W3C or its members.
I agree with this.
> Something like XML Schema is so complex
> because it is the product of 35 (or whatever) people with at least that many
> separate agendas.
And Infoset is lucidly simple because I myself designed and wrote it with
very little interference (or even input) from anybody. :-) :-)
> W3C specs fully demonstrate
> the truth of the adage "a camel is a horse invented by a committee". If you
> want something swift, graceful and beautiful, don't require it to go without
> food or water for a week while surviving extremes of heat and cold.
But I don't understand; camels *are* swift, graceful, and beautiful!
> Ruthless elimination of complicating
> constraints will be much more effective than attempts to eliminate
> self-serving behavior, even if such a thing were possible.
Unfortunately, discarding Real World constraints produces the beautiful
product that nobody uses. "Worse is better."
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