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Re: [xml-dev] NY Times reference to 'secret coding'

At 10:08 AM 2007-09-05 -0700, Tim Bray wrote:
>BTW, on all the weird callouts to product behavior in OOXML, I tend
>to suspect not malice, but the existence of blobs of little- understood 
>code that eventually occur in any big code-base like Office.  Nobody wrote 
>down what they do because nobody knows what
>they do.
>  -T

Agree very much.  That's the reasoning part of the outcome of work.
I can understand that it's also difficult to document every single
interaction with every piece of module and feature (such as OLE,
macros, WYSIWYG aspects, etc).  Basically, the objectives are good.

My guess is that when commenting on technical issues and problems,
sometimes the comments are automatically interpreted as judging
on the rationale or motivation behind (in a negative way).  So other
than praises, all other comments are to be defended against.
Too emotionally driven.  I'm talking about nobody in particular,
of course.

Melvin Chin

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