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/ "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com> was heard to say:
| Norm Walsh writes:
|> | It's time to get over the notion that a committee of experts can
|> | solve semantic problems for a wide range of problems.  It was very
|> | nice of the W3C to provide a home for the simplification of SGML
|> | and give us a useful syntax, but the results since then have been
|> | hideous - and in large part because the world takes the W3C's
|> | pretensions seriously.
|> <shrug/>

Okay, there's no question that my shrug could be misinterpreted.

You expressed a strongly worded statement of personal opinion. Parts
of it were worded in a way that struck me as inflamatory ("it wes very
nice of the W3C..." and "pretensions") and part of it was a universal
statement of apparent fact about how you perceive the world to react
to the efforts of the W3C's woking groups.

My shrug was intended only to communicate that I had no desire to
argue with you on those points. You're entitled to your opinion and I
don't think you're opinion is unjustified. I have no desire to attempt
to persuade you to change it and I doubt that I have the ability to do
so anyway, so I just let it go. Hence, "shrug".

Perhaps my nerves are a little raw because I feel more than usually
responsible for the level of emotion in this discussion because I
started it off with a poorly worded message. In any event, I've found
your tone quite antagonizing on more than one occasion in this thread.

For example, I find this statement

| I guess you're too deeply involved to see the W3C's continuous pile-on
| as a problem.  I count your shrug as yet another sign that some people
| don't care enough to fix it.

quite insulting.

| Oh well.


                                        Be seeing you,

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Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM    | In every work of genius we recognize our own
XML Standards Architect | rejected thoughts; they come back to us with
Sun Microsystems, Inc.  | a certain alienated majesty.--Emerson
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