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Re: in defense of standards

From: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 10:06:07 +0100
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To: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>, Bijan Parsia <bparsia@isr.umd.edu>
Cc: public-sw-meaning@w3.org

At 22:18 09/10/03 -0400, Sandro Hawke wrote:
>> > If you don't
>> > like it, communicate with your partners. You're free to say, "That way
>> > of saying this irritates me. I'm avoiding that"
>Negotiating with partners doesn't scale.  That's why we have

Um, the trouble is, I think, that not negotiating with partners doesn't 
scale either.  Beyond 1.

In this respect, standards can magnify the effects of negotiation -- the 
scope of some consent -- but not create such effects in the first place.  I 
also note that standards themselves are the result of a negotiation.

My point?  I reject the implication that we can disregard negotiation 
because we have standards.


[1] http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/Fractal.html
(Seems relevant, but I'm not sure exactly how.)

Graham Klyne
Received on Friday, 10 October 2003 05:18:59 UTC

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