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Re: Two Specs and Test Suite

From: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 20:02:34 -0500
Message-ID: <4F4C27AA.1000203@arcanedomain.com>
To: David Lee <David.Lee@marklogic.com>
CC: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>, "public-xml-er@w3.org" <public-xml-er@w3.org>

On 2/27/2012 7:19 PM, David Lee wrote:
> I agree with David.  One style of spec is better than two. As they say
> about the man with 2 watches ...
> I don't mind a functional style spec at all as long as its indicated
> that this is just an abstract way of describing behaviour.

I don't think we're at the point of having to decide whether either one of 
them or both simultaneously would emerge as normative.

What we do have is people disagreeing about which would be the more 
effective style of specification, and at least some people saying they have 
trouble imagining the details an option that others seem inclined to 

Given all that, it seems to me it can only be a good thing if Jeni, perhaps 
with help from others like me, is willing to put some effort into seeing 
what a declarative or functional specification might look like, in parallel 
with the ongoing work by Anne. That will give all of us better insights 
into the tradeoffs, and inform any choices we decide to make later.

Obviously, there will be some limits as to how much work people want to put 
into polishing details of a draft that conceivably would be rejected 
entirely, but at this point that's a risk even if we pursue only one option.

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