OSS vs W3C? was: Next Round

Paul Prescod paul at prescod.net
Fri Jan 22 03:30:23 GMT 1999

"Matthew Sergeant (EML)" wrote:
>         - Given a large enough beta-tester and co-developer base, almost
> every problem will be characterised quickly, and the fix obvious to someone.
>         If the process just occured on ordinary public mailing lists this
> would be true I think.

That is not true. There were many bugs found in XML months after it was
available on a public mailing list. Characterizing bugs in specifications
is much, much harder than characterizing them in code. It wouldn't be so
hard if the specs were more formal, but that isn't the way things are

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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taxation is mortal. You come when you can, and leave when you must. The 
show is continuous. Good-night." -- Robertson Davies, "The Cunning Man"

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