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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:email@example.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.