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het strand dutch proverb
At 04:20 PM 9/25/2002 -0400, Mike Champion wrote:

>Perhaps Dare is suggesting that the XQuery folks pay very careful
>attention to the Dutch proverb that Brooks cites in the MYTHICAL
>MAN MONTH "Een schip op het strand is een baken in zee."
>(A ship on the beach is a lighthouse on the sea.).  There are a lot
>of wrecks on the beach that XQuery is navigating towards,
>and extreme caution is warranted.

I agree with this. We are just starting to explore conformance issues 
seriously in the WG, and I do believe that the goal of interoperable 
implementations is essential.

And sometimes tricky. For instance, are vendors allowed to do extensions? 
It's easy to say no, but what if some vendors want to implement updates 
before XQuery has added them to the language - are they really not allowed 
to add updates as an extension? If they *are* allowed to, should we require 
that there be an option that complains about every vendor extension?

Jonathan


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