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Actually, that is what you have to do.
o Use what they publish if useful (eg, extract
the elements out of the data dictionary).
o Ignore things that are nonsense on the face
of it (eg, directives to avoid use of attributes).
o Train yourself by research and experimentation
(The Didier Method) but do not ignore the
library (a day in the library is worth a
month in the lab).
o Eventually you have to code. Trust yourself
to do that well.
o Don't let RFPs be something only the marketing
group sees. They have views you don't have.
o Don't go silent about designs if the marketing
group is in earshot. They have views you don't
o Tomorrow is another day. Versions are there
because nothing is done completely up front.
Make sure the proposal is clear about that
because it is money off the table and in the bag.
o Do what makes sense to you. Otherwise, nothing
will make sense. If you lose from ignorance,
that is a chance to learn. If you lose from
hubris, that is a chance to be fired.
From: Mike Champion [mailto:email@example.com]
I presume that "do something sensible
to get local agreements and let the global standards bodies
fight" is not a viable option ... or is that wrong?