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Do Names Matter?

do names matter
John Cowan wrote:
> BTW, it is RELAX NG, as if the "I" had dropped off the marquee.  The
> still pronounced, though.  (Personally, I wanted it to be called "RELEX".)

It's probably time that someone pointed out that how unfortunate the name
RELAX NG is. I say this with regret, because I would consider this to be a
potential hindrance to broader acceptance, and XSD certainly needs the
competition. While this wasn't raised in the long thread about what makes a
successful technology, names do matter, IMO.

<tongue in="cheek">Consider the Mac, which is a clear exception to the 80/20
rule (being the product of a perfectionist design team), but still
mattered/matters in any number of tangible ways, doubtless due to its cool

The name "RELAX NG" is unwieldy and almost universally mispronounced by the
uninitiated. And in my purely subjective opinion, "RELAXING" isn't such a
hot name for a schema language even when spelled normally. Has anyone
seriously tried to influence this? Like many others, I'd love to see RELAX
NG succeed, and in all seriousness I do believe that names matter. Besides,
choosing a new name would be the perfect excuse to launch a big PR



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