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Re: what matters is what's said, not what's meant

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2003 14:53:49 -0500
To: pat hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Cc: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>, public-sw-meaning@w3.org
Message-Id: <1065729228.13829.465.camel@dirk.dm93.org>

On Thu, 2003-10-09 at 08:50, pat hayes wrote:
> Suggestion: lets decide to NEVER make rules that require consistency. 
> What we can do is to make rules about what should be done if 
> inconsistencies are detected, or about who is responsible for 
> clearing up the mess, or whatever.

What's the difference?

>  But if we say that its wrong to be 
> inconsistent, then the task of being right becomes unmanageably 
> complex very quickly.

How does the difference between "you're wrong" and "you're
responsible" make the task any easier?

>   Its almost impossible to be SURE you are 
> avoiding inconsistencies whenever you open your mouth (or your web 
> server), even if you want to: and as Peter points out, you may well 
> not want to be consistent with everyone.

Yes, to open your mouth is a risk. This is news?

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Thursday, 9 October 2003 15:53:50 UTC

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