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   Re: [xml-dev] Web Design Principles (was Re: [xml-dev] Generality ofHTT

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On Tuesday 29 January 2002 10:55 am, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> > It obviously depends, but in general, I would place the onus on
> > the producer....
> I don't think there's a general means of fixing that responsibility.

Neither do I... I was looking for general philosophy rather than hard 
core design. 

>  My mantra lately is "the producer advises, the consumer decides."

That's much in line with my philosophy. 

Perhaps the easier the producer makes the consumer's decision, the 
more likely his results will be as he expected? Isn't that what all 
the namespace/RDDL/etc. efforts are about?

That's the thinking that led me to packaging as being a core issue: 
the consumer always has a choice, but if enough bits are packaged, the 
intent, and the means for interpretation should be clearly visible 
(just had a flashback to MIME-SGML and the catalog proposal). Whether 
they're used or not, who knows.

I'm not sure it's practical, or cost effective though... the "many 
little edge transformations" scenario might be more realistic in the 
long run.

Just thinking aloud...


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