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RE: History Part Quatre: Keeping Decisions In Scope (Was: Re: Re questfor info about parser construction details)

For sure, Rick.  I know you do.  

The context of such decisions is important, 
in my opinion, as the practices Simon mentions 
evolve.  We need XMLWays to help people 
up the learning curve but they have to 
be robust in the face of all of the 
contexts XML is applied to that SGML 
never was or was expected to be.  There 
is a lot of new ground here, ground which 
even the oldsters have not covered.  That 
is exciting but we can make or break 
at a large scale.  XML is seen as the key 
for so many things, little issues will 
be harder to resolve.

We have very challenging years ahead of us 
during which the value of XML-Dev, 
OASIS, indeed, all of the organizations
whose first goal is to see to the 
stable future of XML growth is 
enormous in the face of events that 
will seek to divide them up into 
competing bitter camps.  Some conflict 
is inevitable but some gatherings must 
be free of that or negotiation will not 
be possible.

Consensus rules the agora.


Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: Rick Jelliffe [mailto:ricko@allette.com.au]

From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) <clbullar@ingr.com>

>Right, but to be fair, when Charles had to make
>that unhappy and forced decision, getting syntax agreement was

Oh I was not saying anything other.  He is an amazing visionary: concerned
with practicalities on axes that us grunts only dimly perceive.

Rick Jelliffe