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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bill Kearney [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Friday, May 09, 2003 14:10
> To: XML DEV
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Polemicism
> Mein Kampf was written by one man. That certainly set a
> standard which many followed.
I remember reading that Novell Netware started as a one man's effort
too. I read it in an issue of the Byte magazine some 8-10 years ago.
Indeed, there are many fine things that a single person can make.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Black, Neville" <Neville_Black@cable.comcast.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Friday, May 09, 2003 2:04 PM
> Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Polemicism
> > The "King James " translation of the Bible
> > was a committee work....
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Mike Fitzgerald [mailto:email@example.com]
> > Matthew.Bennett@facs.gov.au wrote:
> > > Would you not agree that this list (and the human experience of
> > > artistic endeavour generally) is testament to the notion
> that fine
> > > works are almost invariably the work of individuals, and
> > > the work of teams is usually mediocre, at best.
> > Painting, sculpture, and novel, yes; architecture, no.
> > > Most of the truly insightful software I've
> > > encountered was authored by one or two; most of the lousy
> > > was written by corporate teams. Isn't the plethora of inane
> > > 'standards' around XML evidence that it's doomed to rest in the
> > > latter category?
> > True. I've seen that, too. Software or data standards become true
> > standards based on, I think, two key factors: wide
> acceptance by the
> > masses who care and implementability by engineers. Big
> money can trump
> > these factors, however.
> > Mike
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