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RE: [xml-dev] Do you enjoy neighborhoods where every house looks the same?

Now that has retreated from edginess back to the sublime

-----Original Message-----
From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@simonstl.com] 
Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2013 8:10 AM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Do you enjoy neighborhoods where every house looks the same?

On 8/29/13 8:03 AM, Bill Kearney wrote:
> I mean, really, what's the POV being espoused here?  What argument is 
> being made, but being hidden behind a seemingly 'easy to digest' analogy?

Since I just expressed it in a form that you may find easier to digest:

The "essence of the creativity", however, is about working with a minimal set of standards and tools to include as much creativity from as many different people as possible by valuing context over standardization.

That's not at all about breaking standards.  It's about working with the smallest set of standards that will support the conversation (with the people actually having the conversation in their live contexts) and building appropriately from there.

Markup syntax is a convenient minimal standard for supporting electronic communication.  There are useful tools for manipulating it.  Standardize and improve the tools for manipulating markup, rather than trying to lock down what is said with markup.

Simon St.Laurent


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