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

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Yes as long as local solutions aren't required to scale up 
or down in all dimensions.
There is nothing wrong with a local solution for a local 
problem.  Clay Shirky has discovered the principle 
of 'situatedness' and is writing about it.  One of the 
web myths is that all apps need to scale.  It just ain't so,  
but even scale itself is not a simple problem.

Not only is the lunch not free, the menu is tough to 
manage day to day.  Even local problems have multiple 
dimensions.  Simple things like alphabetization vs 
database order for documenting table fields cause riots.

Every time I zoom in on the problem tree, I discover 
another branch, and sometimes, I saw it off.


From: Hunsberger, Peter [mailto:Peter.Hunsberger@STJUDE.ORG]

It helps to address local problems first.


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