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RE: ASN.1 and XML

On Thu, 24 May 2001, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

> They didn't have to.  You want technical excellence; 
> they want results.   Bach is technically excellent. 
> It is a poor choice of material at a disco.

If something doesn't get results it's not technically
excellent. Technically excellent things are a subset of things that get
results, which generally consistently get good results in a wide range of

> Do you think all of those who created SGML weapt for joy 
> when they saw HTML?  Some weapt alright.  They knew they 
> would get to spend the next several years pulling the 
> web up to an understanding of the requirements for 
> complex hypermedia systems. 

I can imagine, especially since so much non well formed HTML was generated
in the name of SGML :-)

The use of pseudo-ASN.1 in RFCs worries me in perhaps the same way.

> If it makes you mad, good.  That's a start in the 
> right direction.

Ah, but my poor heart... I'll be on my deathbed before I'm 40, I know it

> Len 
> http://www.mp3.com/LenBullard


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