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   Re: [xml-dev] Competing Specifications - A Good or Bad Thing?

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intriguing. been doing that for years and copping the same criticism
from the "right thing" crowd.

but the applications deliver 80% benefit today, not maybe 100% at some
distant time.


On Tue, 2004-04-06 at 10:20, David Megginson wrote:
> Rick Marshall wrote:
> > which leads me to my real conclusion: simple things are good. they can
> > be understood, implemented, and used in the lifetime of a human being.
> > complex things are of no use because they can't.
> Here's the famous codification of that idea by Richard Gabriel:
>    http://www.jwz.org/doc/worse-is-better.html
> He's writing about programming languages and operating systems, but the same 
> applies to specifications and standards.
> And you can add RSS to your list of successful one-person specs: love him or 
> hate him, Dave Winer's the one who initially pulled RSS out of Netscape's 
> dumpster, slapped on a new paint job, and made it possible for it (or them, 
> since there's more than one RSS) to grow into XML's greatest success.
> All the best,
> David
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