Re: Living Documents (Was: We need SAX etc ..)
AndrewWatt2000@a... scripsit: > I assume "living document" is a synonym for the dictum "Every word means what > I say it means, no more and no less."? (after Humpty Dumpty, I think) No. Living documents are those which are subject to change under some procedure or other. This may involve uncontrolled blitz, change-controlled errata, or reinterpretation of old words in new ways. > It is one of the recurring problems of W3C specification documents that WG > members take it to mean what they intended it to mean while the other 5.9 > billion or so humanoids on the planet (or those who take the time to read the > document) have to go by why what was stated - however badly phrased or > structured. No, the others also take the document to mean what they believe it to mean. Objective "meaning" is a myth: reality is too subtle to be snared in a net of words however cleverly chosen. Specifications are contracts drafted by amateur lawyers. -- Some people open all the Windows; John Cowan wise wives welcome the spring jcowan@r... by moving the Unix. http://www.reutershealth.com --ad for Unix Book Units (U.K.) http://www.ccil.org/~cowan (see http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/who/dmr/unix3image.gif)
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