RE: Fwd: War of Attrition (was: Underwhelmed(WAS: [x
9/23/2002 5:42:41 PM, "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@i...> wrote: > I am glad to >see guys like Elliotte sit down to see just how >far one can get with an underwhelming proposal. Absolutely! A "Recommendation" in the context of 1997 should not be concrete around the feet of developers in 2002 or 2007. Shave away what doesnt't work, tweak what's confusing, add what's missing. > It is up to us >to become smart enough to know when to keep our >wallets in our pockets and out of reach. But even >minimal profiles are pretty much for us geeks. >What about the people who actually buy things? I want the "standards" upon which interoperability depends to be minimalist, thus creating a market for tools that make the standards useable by "people who actually buy things." I do NOT like the situation where extremely complicated "standards" are justified by the fact that "people who buy things" can buy a tool to make them tolerable: They will not have any idea what is standardized, and what is extended, until they realize that they're locked into a vendor's tool.
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