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RE: [xml-dev] Convention versus standard

And again if the difference is authority vs/or general consent, without a
metric for general consent, it is simply a convention which does not imply
good or bad.

Fun discussion but we are skirting the essential issue:  the means of
explicit documentation for agreement.   A set of conventions in no way
implies authoritative agreement.   A best practice implies someone or some
group deemed it 'best'.  So in that respect, until one has the metric, there
is no useful discrimination of best practice and convention.


From: Michael Kay [mailto:mike@saxonica.com] 
> It is common practice for programmers to name variables in 
> numerous non-helpful ways, it is best practice to have a well 
> thought out naming scheme that allows those who maintain code 
> to know what a variable is to be used for, hopefully 
> achievable by following the coding styles for their languages 
> and organizations

My experience is that an intelligent programmer using their own common sense
will usually produce much more helpful variable names than a programmer who
is blindly following rules defined by some corporate style police.

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