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On Fri, 2004-06-11 at 07:22, John Cowan wrote:
> Henrik Martensson scripsit:
> > Most web sites publish their information in English, for example. People
> > who visit the site regularly, would not take it kindly if the site
> > switched languages once in a while. This is definitely part of a
> > contract with the user: "I publish in language X, so that you, language
> > X user, can understand the content".
> Ah, I see the problem. When I say "contract", I mean "legally enforceable
> contract". You mean something like, but somewhat stronger than,
Yes, and sometimes expressed in a schema, sometimes as a software API,
sometimes as a verbal or written contract, and sometimes just
implicitly. (In other words, I have turned "contract" into one of the
fuzziest words in my vocabulary.)
> > The problem here is that you simply have no idea what I am talking
> > about. I am not discussing XML on the Web at all. What I am saying is
> > that things that work for exchanging low risk, low criticality
> > information on the web, does not necessarily work for exchanging high
> > risk, high criticality information within a company, or between
> > companies.
> My point is that sometimes you don't have any choice. You just have
> to bet the farm on something you don't control.
I agree. Sorry about the strong words above.