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Re: [xml-dev] Re: XML As Fall Guy

From: Ihe Onwuka <ihe.onwuka@gmail.com>
Date: Thursday, 28 November 2013 2:59 pm
> It was a philosophy the whole team had bought into - I spoke about it to another team member and he said 
> "It's the 80/20" rule. We can get 80% of the transformations we need this way" 
> I asked him how they were going to finish 100% of the project and he started looking intently at the screen.

This struck a real chord with me. This attitude is not uncommon, and is usually accompanied by an impression that you can just "hand wave" the 20% away. Sadly, for fully automated systems, the 20% is often the bit you should be worried about and you should start by addressing that first. Perhaps that is the sort of knowledge that only experience can bring.

A good example close to my heart is page composition. For complex documents XSL-FO can get you 80% of the way there, then what .. ?

Gareth Oakes
Chief Architect, GPSL

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