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RE: Specification philosophies

From: Geoffrey M Clemm <geoffrey.clemm@us.ibm.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 12:10:25 -0500
To: <ejw@cs.ucsc.edu>
Cc: "'WebDAV \(WebDAV WG\)'" <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>, w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org
Message-ID: <OFA656A40C.5B66A7CD-ON85256F5E.005E202E-85256F5E.005E553E@us.ibm.com>
Perhaps this explains why some of the 2518 semantics/syntax
can only be inferred from the examples (:-).

Cheers,
Geoff

Jim wrote on 12/02/2004 11:41:53 AM:

> Seems to me the crux of the matter is your model of the reader of
> specifications. If your reader is very technically adept, 
detail-oriented,
> and a careful reader, then you'll want minimal repetition. If your 
reader is
> less technically skilled, and is more prone to deep reading of only 
portions
> of a specification, then repetition is good. Yaron was of the opinion 
that
> many implementers only ever read the examples (and he was never prone to
> hyperbole :-).
Received on Thursday, 2 December 2004 17:10:55 UTC

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