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RE: ZDNet Schema article,and hiding complexity within user-friendlyproducts
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "C. M. Sperberg-McQueen" <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 08:38:34 -0500
The point is complexity is a perception. Given
any point of view, and level of detail, one
can simplify or complexify. The language is
precise and for that reason, obscure unless
one is well-trained. Madeleine Sparks and
Charles Goldfarb both made me face up to
the differences of audiences for given technical
resources. Simon is in the business of
explaining this stuff. I also live on the
kindness of xml.com. Otherwise, I have to
put down the RFP, go to the spec, read slowly
and very carefully rather than work some nicely
put together examples from the xml.com authors.
If a good GUI hides a complex process, is that
a bad thing? If it hides unnecessary complexity,
it isn't the fault of the GUI.
We should strive to simplify but should we
do that at the cost of precision? There isn't
a single answer that satisfies. There is only
a goal which informs local process.
Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h
From: C. M. Sperberg-McQueen [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2001 6:31 PM
To: Bullard, Claude L (Len)
Cc: Gavin Thomas Nicol; xml-dev
Subject: RE: ZDNet Schema article,and hiding complexity within
At 2001-04-24 14:51, Bullard, Claude L \(Len\) wrote:
>Or that stuff like this is scary reading on the face of it...
>"A precise formulation of this constraint can also be offered in terms of
>operations on finite-state automaton: ...
>More money for Simon StL in his next book if he can condense that
>down to something understandable. That really will be hiding the
Er, guys -- this is not more complex than the rules we all know and
love to hate from ISO 8879 or the XML spec. It's just a bit more
brutally honest about the specifics. (ISO 8879 describes the rule
fully but eccentrically, in ways that have to be translated painfully
into FSA terms for people who think in FSA terms, and the XML spec
just waves its hands and says "you know what we mean, right?")
-C. M. Sperberg-McQueen