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RE: is that a fork in the road?
- From: "Simon St.Laurent" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2001 17:25:25 -0500
At 04:01 PM 3/2/01 -0600, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
>What have we learned from XML's success?
>That the job wasn't done well enough to
>support the follow-on requirements.
Really? Whose follow-on requirements? And why does that require
fundamental change to the original "job" that may seriously injure those of
us whose requirements were met quite well already?
Why drive the "follow-on" stuff so deeply into specs those of us with
simpler needs may have to use?
>Success? Everyone can use <... ...="..." />.
>Whoopee! Try to connect the dots and see
>what happens. That minimal victory bites.
That minimal victory has taken markup into realms I think most folks
thought it would never see, and makes some difficult problems a lot easier
to solve. Let people connect the dots for themselves, instead of trying to
build one-solution-fits-all creations.
That minimal victory "bites" a digestible chunk, rather than the huge and
dense mass currently offered for universal consumption.
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