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Re: participating communities (was XML Blueberry)

On Wed, 11 Jul 2001, David Carlisle wrote:
> [...] but the real cost is the lost time
> and confusion caused when newly created conforming blueberry files get
> distributed to the millions of installed systems and die with fatal non
> well formed errors, without any helpful warning to the end user that an
> update to the system would fix the problem.

Much the same as when Word 2000 users suddenly started sending
attachments to Word 95/98 users. 

Why would there not be any helpful warning message? "The file
you have opened contains character "foo" in the [something
useful about location] which is not a valid character. Please
contact the owner or author"

Gosh, you mean people are implementing systems without adequate
error messages?