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9/23/2002 5:42:41 PM, "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com> 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.


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