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   Re: Living Documents (Was: We need SAX etc ..)

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AndrewWatt2000@aol.com scripsit:

> I assume "living document" is a synonym for the dictum "Every word means what 
> I say it means, no more and no less."? (after Humpty Dumpty, I think)


Living documents are those which are subject to change under some procedure
or other.  This may involve uncontrolled blitz, change-controlled errata,
or reinterpretation of old words in new ways.

> It is one of the recurring problems of W3C specification documents that WG 
> members take it to mean what they intended it to mean while the other 5.9 
> billion or so humanoids on the planet (or those who take the time to read the 
> document) have to go by why what was stated - however badly phrased or 
> structured.

No, the others also take the document to mean what they believe it to mean.
Objective "meaning" is a myth: reality is too subtle to be snared in a
net of words however cleverly chosen.

Specifications are contracts drafted by amateur lawyers.

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