A call for reason

Len Bullard cbullard at hiwaay.net
Tue Nov 30 01:04:04 GMT 1999

Don Park wrote:
> >I'm learning through the grapevine that some people of
> >influence are opposed to the SML effort.

Don't listen to the press.  They neither take the time 
to figure out the truth nor need to.  :-)

> As the person who started the SML effort, I have this to
> say to them:
> If you have concerns, please voice them and suggest ways
> to minimize your concerns.  Let us work together to
> prevent unnecessary conflicts.

Other than as an erudite intellectual exercise in reductionism, 
what organization with sufficient interest to exercise 
is expected to champion SML?  Again, there are no moral reasons
not to have XML replace SGML even if there are some objections 
to the telling of the tale, so SML can as well.  But selling 
burgled goods does require a crafty fence, so SML will require 
at least a Nokia or two to make it viable.  Got milk?

> Just remember that not all things are controllable and
> not all people can be influenced.  Killing all the
> butterflies in Peking will not rid Kansas of tornadoes.
> Let the butterfly be and hope it drops dead on its own
> in the winter.

If they do, will you be adding them as meat to the 
paper sandwich or pressing them between the pages?


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