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On Wed, 20 Nov 2002 04:12:37 +1100, Rick Jelliffe <email@example.com> wrote:
> Oh, is Gosling saying standards were accepted (by other people)
> before they are written? I took it to mean that he is claiming
> that standards have been accepted (by standards bodies) before
> they have been written.
The Gosling paper is sublty tounge-in-cheek. It's not for authoritative
assertions to be deconstructed, it's for deep insights into the whole
Gestalt of hi-tech standards.
It was written about 10 years ago but is probably more true
today than ever.
One really must read it to appreciate it.