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- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Gavin Thomas Nicol <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 11:03:02 -0600
The first HTML was pretty bad. It was end-tagged
a la RTF. Rubinsky told us that it got better as
some experienced SGMLers became involved. He cited
Connolly, Anders, etc. One might say that it did
the job it was intended to so but as more people
wanted to so more with it, it didn't stay simple.
Simple is good, but nothing with multiple interests
stays simple. It isn't the original simple idea one
contends with; it is the results of more requirements
bearing more features. Think of it as Heisenberg
Unleashed: we can't know the position because it
moves if we look at it and if we keep looking at
it, it keeps moving. ISO says, issue only every five
years and that controls the rate of change. I think
that is the best one can do.
As to openness, it comes down to the people. Expertise
is one factor in any given person. Leadership skill
is not necessarily technical. I laugh every time
I see the phrase "all we need are programers".
Leadership is very individual. Lauren Wood
is a good example to follow. Anyone ever figure
out exactly how she does it? The one time I
met her, I was struck by her enormous capacity
to make one feel appreciated.
(Ok, Lauren; the cult of personality will now begin
to bronze your shoes....)
Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h
From: Gavin Thomas Nicol [mailto:email@example.com]
> HTML, of course, was designed by an amateur.
Again, I think Tim had a pretty good knowledge of markup and hypermedia
when he first designed HTML... probably more than people give him
credit for. He probably did have gaps though... hence some of
limitations/problems we saw.
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- Re: experts
- From: John Cowan <email@example.com>
- RE: experts
- From: Lauren Wood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- RE: experts
- From: Jonathan Robie <Jonathan.Robie@SoftwareAG-USA.com>