W3C WG Goals (Was Re: validating against the standard W3C)
This is the clearest spec of XPath I've seen, and much easier to read
I agree. Precision/formal description is often inimical to good communication.
Inevitably some or many of those who are placed in the role of interpreting a formalism will not be fully conversant with it and, if those are tools implementors, then we find different behaviour of tools such as in validators for XSD Schema (W3C XML Schema).
I would be interested to know, assuming it isn't giving away state secrets, if W3C Working Groups have a quasi-formal goal for the Recommendations they produce. At least some recent specifications seem to aim for a goal of "It is our goal to produce as terse and formal a specification as is possible" whereas in my view a goal of "It is our goal for the XXX Recommendation to precisely define the technology while communicating effectively to implementors and developers." would be significantly more desirable and relevant.
Surely it is impossible to "lead the Web to its full potential" if communication is attempted only with a tiny minority of those with an interest in leading the Web to that potential?
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