Average developers (was Re: Colonialism, SAX, Java, and Namespaces)

James Robertson jamesr at steptwo.com.au
Sat Feb 6 23:51:50 GMT 1999

At 01:12 6/02/1999 , Simon St.Laurent wrote:

  | I would really appreciate if someday the people building W3C specs would
  | acknowledge that 'average developers' actually do have to worry about
  | namespaces, notations, parameter entities, include/ignore sections, and
  | trying to read the specs themselves. If they would then take that knowledge
  | and apply it to the specification-writing process, from start to finish, we
  | might be able to move forward with a lot less back-and-forth about what
  | these things are really supposed to mean.


I would ask: _why_ does the average developer need all
this complexity?

I've been tacking jobs big and small, in the real world, for
some time now.

And I haven't bothered with any of it.

Simple DTDs can take you a hell of a long way ...

(Namespaces are simply meaningless in 99% of real-world
apps, for without DTDs, you have nothing.)

Just my $0.02 of course ... ;-)


James Robertson
Step Two Designs Pty Ltd
SGML, XML & HTML Consultancy
jamesr at steptwo.com.au

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