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> And one has to deal with the issue that miscommunication 
> is also useful and purposeful.  One problem of making 
> things "easy" with "worse is better" solutions such as 
> HTML and HTTP,

I cringe everytime I see "worse is better" referenced, especially when
it's applied to the Web.  The Web is better because it was designed to
be better.

"worse is better" is usually used by people who don't see the larger
context in which a system is designed, and don't understand all the
tradeoffs that were made.  So they pick on one or two pieces and say
"see, that's clearly worse because it could have been done so much
better this way", without recognizing that doing it that way would have
forced some unacceptable tradeoff to be made elsewhere.

Mark Baker, Chief Science Officer, Planetfred, Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.      mbaker@planetfred.com
http://www.markbaker.ca   http://www.planetfred.com


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