RE: W3C Schema: Resistance is Futile, says Don Box
The power is in consistent implementation. Even a technically weak specification that is implemented consistently provides a dependable tool. Dependable does not mean powerful. Where it goes to h**l is in trying to specify too powerful a system for the requirement. If the implementations are inconsistent, there are problems in the specification. I can accept that from a specification; I can't accept that from a standard. I can wait for a specification to cycle until the right mix of features emerges, but a standard indicates that this has already been accomplished. As for people, humans have to do the jobs and we have to live with the limits. Experience and competence are never the same for two people doing one job or one person doing two jobs. len -----Original Message----- From: Aaron Skonnard [mailto:aarons@d...] The fundamental problem is that we need to agree on a type system. The next problem is that we have to decide via committee. As David Chappell recently said "only a committee is capable of deciding something that is dumber than any of its participants". What one group believes to be technically solid, another group will find technically weak. The situation has been the same with every Web-based technology including HTTP. The power is in compromise.
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