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Re: questionable syntax choices

From: Jim Melton <jim.melton@oracle.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2004 11:43:23 -0600
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To: Jonathan Robie <jonathan.robie@datadirect.com>
Cc: scott_boag@US.IBM.COM, "Volkmann, Mark" <Mark.Volkmann@AGEDWARDS.com>, "'public-qt-comments@w3.org'" <public-qt-comments@w3.org>

I enthusiastically endorse Jonathan's statement below.

We have a significant amount of work to do that deals with getting the 
language semantics "right" (and in merely figuring out what "right" means 
in some cases).  I think the time for beauty contests such as what 
punctuation to use here and there has passed and I encourage us to thank 
the authors of comments for taking an interest, but declining to repeatedly 
revisit decisions already taken on such minor matters.

Mark, this is not a tirade directed at you; it's really to me and the rest 
of the WG, encouraging (as Jonathan said) us to focus on really important 
things.  That probably means that well-intentioned comments such as yours 
will not result in language changes, but that's sometimes the price we pay 
for progress.  I do thank you for your interest and hope that you will 
continue to help us find and correct serious errors in our specs.

Hope this helps,

At 11:06 AM 4/29/2004 Thursday, Jonathan Robie wrote:

>scott_boag@us.ibm.com wrote:
>>>2) Smilies are an odd choice for comment delimiters.  Why choose 
>>>something that isn't used by any other common programming languages?
>>Hi Mark. Do you have a concrete suggestion for an alternative?  As I 
>>think Mike Kay pointed out, we have considered quite a few other 
>>delimiters, and have indeed taken into consideration a survey of existing 
>>languages.  But if you have an alternative that you feel is clearly 
>>better, I would be interested (I have my own gripes with Smilies).  But 
>>nothing with slashes or stars please.
>Hi Scott,
>Personally, I will be encouraging the Working Group not to spend a lot of 
>time on the concrete syntax of comments. We have to stop spending so much 
>time on minor issues.

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