Colonialism, SAX, Java, and Namespaces

Frank Boumphrey bckman at
Sat Feb 6 16:11:09 GMT 1999

Simon wrote,

>>We've been over this too many times, so I'll end here with a plea to spec
developers and their explainers.  Make your specifications as
comprehensible as you can to as wide an audience as you can, so that all of
us can spend more time writing implentations and less time debating what
the specs mean.<<

I would second that. It should be just as easy to write clear English as it
is to write gobblydy-gook. There is absolutely no reason why a spec. cannot
be both precise and understandable. As no less a person than Albert Einstein
said, "If you can't explain a proposition to an intelligent layman the
proposition is probably flawed" . Specs have both 'Normative' and
'informitive' parts to them. A little more work on the informtive parts
would be very useful.


Frank Boumphrey

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