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It's simpler and less political than that, David:
Fewer nodes with each node exhibiting higher competence.
Higher competence means eliminating rabbit trails with the
fewest number of messages; or, simpler, given a set of
alternatives, selecting the correct choice fastest.
Experience counts but counting and choosing what to
count are not the same skill.
XML succeeds mostly because people desperately want
to be innovators and heros and still belong to a group.
From: David Megginson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
I cannot claim to have done any proper scientific survey, but I've
noticed a few common characteristics among specs:
1. Simplicity succeeds.
2. Process is poison.
3. Code first, then specify.
4. Almost every new spec fails anyway.