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Simplicity:  no internal or external references to 
other topics explicitly or implicitly (eg, no 
parts left silent); topics internally are linear and don't 
nest deeper than two levels.

If you can write in text that clearly, it is simple.


From: Jeff Lowery [mailto:jlowery@scenicsoft.com]

> 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.


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