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   RE: [xml-dev] Postel's Law Has No Exceptions

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jonathan Robie [mailto:jonathan.robie@datadirect.com] 
> Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2003 2:25 PM
> To: Simon St.Laurent; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Postel's Law Has No Exceptions
> "Postel's Law", generally quoted as "be liberal in what you 
> accept and conservative in what you put out", was originally 
> stated thus:
> It was not meant as a universal law for all applications, it 
> was a great 
> design guideline for an Internet protocol. It was not phrased as a 
> universal law, but as a guideline that is useful "in general" 
> for protocols.
> It's not a great policy in some environments.


It's always amusing to see technologists blindly reciting anecdotal
statements about software development as if they are the laws of Physics
or were handed down from above on a fiery mountain. 

People can be divided into two types: those who still possess a fierce
hunting instinct and those who pay to park.

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