Another look at namespaces

Len Bullard cbullard at
Sat Sep 18 18:28:21 BST 1999

David Brownell wrote:
> Perhaps a lot of the current problems with XHTML map to such issues.
> Rush one spec through with some open issues, and then watch the issues
> multiply as time goes by.

A by product of relying on a philosophy of attaining "minimum victories" 
is that it can engender longer conflicts.  See the history of the wars 
of Rome with Carthage.  On the other hand, trying for one definitive 
battle can also lead to the complete destruction of both sides, or 
the Pyrrhic victory.  It is important at each phase of the development 
of the spec to know and resolve the most important issues.   Getting 
it all done in one pass can also lead to a very long pass.  See HyTime 
and DSSSL.  Both standards are as complete as one could expect for a 
very complex set of requirements, some only discovered in process, 
and both were so far ahead of time that we are still mining them 
for building materials much as Egyptian palaces were made from 
blocks and the facing materials of the pyramids at Giza.


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