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RE: intertwined specs
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "Simon St.Laurent" <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2001 13:22:21 -0600
The simple things are simple to do. Doing a
lot of simple things that don't get in
each other's way can get hard.
I commiserate with that. The idea that
I have to learn an algebra to Select This
Where This Is That really gives me yawns.
It means we wait for better tools. On the
other hand, the SML guys set out to simplify
XML. How is that going?
It would have been nicer if HyTime had gotten
to groves sooner. Spilt milk, lessons learned,
and all that. It wasn't as obvious then as
it might seem to be now. No trail is until
some fool with a machete cuts it.
Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h
From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:email@example.com]
The way I like to put it is that "simple things should be simple to do". I
think that's what is getting lost in the intertwined jungle of specs.
I don't want to get in the way of
On the other hand, I don't want their needs to obscure the simple and
powerful stuff you can do without the heavy-duty complexity. And that, I'm
afraid is what's happening now. Molehills all seem to look like mountains
to the people with nuclear weapons, or something like that.
It's nothing new - I bounced off of HyTime pretty violently because it
didn't clearly offer any simple way to do simple projects. XML did offer
such things, but now I think they've been buried under an incredible pile
of brilliant clutter yet again.
Maybe some other organization will eventually take on XML much as the W3C
took on SGML. Always seems to produce an uproar, but there's some light in
that heat. And hey, maybe they'll have a less-restrictive confidentiality
policy, and fewer dreams of machine intelligence.
Back to labeling that road map...