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RE: [OT] Announcements (was RE: XMLLight - What do you think?)
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Thu, 02 Aug 2001 09:18:11 -0500
Concur. Most announcements are tolerated as long
as they are informative, are not repeated often
(iow, major releases, not minor ones), and are
pertinent to the work of XML developers. One
early discussion was on job postings. These are
usually tolerated. For major product announcements,
the poster can do the most good by posting a short
announcement: name the product, give a short summary
of outstanding features (the "why" developers
should be interested) and most important, provide
a link to a web page with the details.
o I particularly like web pages with downloadable betas.
o I particularly dislike betas that take over the names (once
installed, all XML files open in that product and
insist on keeping it even after the beta expires) or
disallow saving results (therefore, not useful for
real work) and making it hard to use other tools. IDE
developers and vendors take note.
Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h
From: Eric Bohlman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
It's worth noting that the announcements that seem to raise hackles here are
the ones that read like
sales pitches rather than information. Announcements here should read as if
the primary audience
were developers, not investors, and should contain little or no marketese or
should be long on substance and short on hype.