What Clean Specs Achieve

Borden, Jonathan jborden at mediaone.net
Sun Feb 7 04:12:32 GMT 1999

We should conclude that simple is good.

Efforts like the 'annotated XML spec' are a big help. In most specs a few
well chosen examples greatly add to formalisms.

Questions and controversies are bound to happen, especially with new

The proof will not be the existence of XML parsers, rather applications
which are adopted by the general public (e.g. html). specs alone can't take
us there.

> >
> >But is anyone here trying to _implement_ Java?  Lots of folks here are
> >indeed trying to _implement_ XML 1.0 (parsers and SAX), XLink
> and XPointer,
> >Namespaces, XSL, etc.  It's not like we're only trying to _use_
> them, as is
> >the case with Java (or SQL, another example that's been bounced
> around.)
> Most of them seem to be succeeding.  What should we conclude? -Tim

Jonathan Borden

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