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   Re: RE: [xml-dev] Co-operating with Architectural Forms

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2/1/2002 11:05:50 AM, "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com> 

>Otherwise, 99% of  the authors on this list 
>for XML and XSLT books would be out of work.

Uhh, if the specs were simple and readable we would simply have to 
make an honest living :~)   I vaguely remember doing that, back in 
the days before XML was the Next Big Thing.  It wasn't so bad ... I'd 
happily go back to a life of honest toil in the vineyards of software 
if clear, simple specs were part of the bargain! <grin>

I completely agree with Frank Richards:

> If the people who have to implement specs can't understand them, 
> the specs won't be implemented. And having to get help from the 
> specifiers here on xml-dev goes against the whole idea of using an 
> ISO spec in the first place: I and any other geek in the world 
> should be able to figure out how to meet a spec, and
> whether an implementation meets that spec, without needing personal 
> guidance from the author or a separate (and specific) book from 
> Oxford University Press.

Or maybe, "the specs won't be implemented in an interoperable 
manner."  *IF* some of these "tight" ISO specs have powerful ideas in 
there somewhere and the world is the poorer because they haven't been 
implemented, recasting them in a form that is readable outside the 
community that devoped them and defining a less "ugly" syntax should 
be a high priority for their advocates. 


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