Top-down or bottom-up?
Paul Prescod writes: > It is true that the W3C process encourages bottom up development > where a spec. is developed and then integrated with the rest > later. Of course the IETF and ISO have the same problem. The only > way to do better would be to SLOW DOWN and map out the data and > processing models before developing syntax. But who has time to > figure out where we are going before we start driving? In principle, I know that Paul is right; in practice, I've lost much of the faith that I once had in top-down approaches to anything, from system design to macroeconomics. More specifically, top-down can work only with very, very good models, and even I (who am known to shoot my mouth off) would not go so far as to claim that I can produce a sufficiently accurate and complete model of the Web over the next five years; in the absence of such a model, bottom-up development and the free market of ideas is the only reasonable choice, messy as it may be. Remember the big experiments in top-down, centralized economic planning in the 1960s, '70s, and '80s? Our grandchildren may still be paying off the debts from that one. All the best, David -- David Megginson david@m... http://www.megginson.com/ xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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