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RE: is that a fork in the road?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) [
> Sent: Friday, March 02, 2001 5:25 PM
> To: Simon St.Laurent; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: RE: is that a fork in the road?
> So I am really missing your point.  Change seems
> inevitable.  Will it be ad hoc or planned?

I'm trying to think of successful examples of "planned" change.  I can think of all sorts of plans that went nowhere commercially viable and were blown away by "ad hoc" innovations ... X/Open, OSI Networking, Ada, DSSSL/HyTime ... the Soviet economy.  Someone please offer counter-examples to undermine the hypothesis that "planned change" mainly tidies up ad hoc innovation, then gets over-ambitious, bloats up, and ultimately rots.