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Anymore I'm convinced that, in general, *nothing* is actually simple (or
intuitive). It's really a question of how much knowledge is just
'understood' within a group of people. But in large groups, and especially
in our interconnected world which brings together people with significantly
different prior knowledge and assumptions, nothing is simple--just a
Could we shoot for clarity?
Knowledge is modular, too.
From: Jeff Lowery [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 10:36 PM
To: 'Rick Jelliffe'
Cc: Xml-Dev (E-mail)
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Open Standards Organization
> How about this for a rule?
> * No standard should be longer than 15 printed pages (at 12
> pts Times),
> excluding front and backmatter, tuorial material, DTDs or
> other XML code, and formal characterizations.
I tried suggesting that a measure of simplicity on the TAG list and was
informed I was ignorant. Seems that even some arguably simple standards
require more words. I guess that's true. I don't that Tim Bray ever got a
useful response to his request for a measure of simplicity. I don't think
there is one, but we all know simple when we see it.