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9/23/2002 5:42:41 PM, "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I am glad to
>see guys like Elliotte sit down to see just how
>far one can get with an underwhelming proposal.
Absolutely! A "Recommendation" in the context of
1997 should not be concrete around the feet of
developers in 2002 or 2007. Shave away what
doesnt't work, tweak what's confusing, add what's
> It is up to us
>to become smart enough to know when to keep our
>wallets in our pockets and out of reach. But even
>minimal profiles are pretty much for us geeks.
>What about the people who actually buy things?
I want the "standards" upon which interoperability
depends to be minimalist, thus creating a market for
tools that make the standards useable by "people
who actually buy things." I do NOT like the situation
where extremely complicated "standards" are justified
by the fact that "people who buy things" can buy
a tool to make them tolerable: They will not
have any idea what is standardized, and what is
extended, until they realize that they're locked into
a vendor's tool.