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RE: is that a fork in the road?
- From: "Simon St.Laurent" <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2001 15:53:47 -0500
At 02:05 PM 3/2/01 -0600, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
>Right. The point I want to make
>is that XML and these languages per
>se as "simplified" bits required that
>long complicated bit that came before
>to figure out which bits were simple,
>which 20 does what 80 of the work.
I hate to point this out, but you seem to have a vision of a world in which
spec complexity is inescapable, recurring, and inevitable. I fear you
don't give communities credit for the potential to learn from the impact of
past complexities, and expect every new spec to be as hopelessly
intertwingled as SGML, CALS, and HyTime - _none_ of which qualify as a
worthy role model for future spec development in my book.
Yes, we need experience to learn which 20% is useful. We also need to
foresight to realize that piling 200% on top of the 20% we just slimmed
down to is probably not going to help much.
>Before we lament the complexity (We are whining!)
>or really sidetrack
I don't understand why you regard efforts to learn from XML's success -
that doing less is doing more - as whining.
Of course, I tend to regard people who insist that long lists of features
be piled into what once looked simple and usable as whiners myself, so
maybe I shouldn't be critical.
Simon St.Laurent - Associate Editor, O'Reilly and Associates
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
XHTML: Migrating Toward XML
http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books