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   Re: [xml-dev] limits of the generic

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> At 01:33 PM 9/28/2002 +0100, Jeni Tennison wrote:
> >However baroque, it has to be said that the rules made XPath 1.0 very
> >easy to use. It may seem baroque to implementers, who have to delve
> >into the details, but to users XPath 1.0 appears to "just work". The
> >same cannot be said of XPath 2.0.
> I think this is something forgotten in many of the arguments and 
> development cycles of recent technologies. The implementers are far fewer 
> than the users. Ease of implementation, IMO, should take a back seat to 
> ease of use. That something may take a software developer a few extra hours 
> is no reason to make it harder for the author every document produced using 
> that technology.

I certainly agree with this in principle.  As a developer I have never 
complained about difficult implementation that genuinely makes life easier for 
the user.  But I've often found that this is a false distinction.  IN my 
experience there is a strong correlation between ease of use and easo of 

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