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Re: Re: Clarification needed on ALT/TITLE tooltips

From: Brian Bober <netdemonz@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 07:32:28 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <20030702143228.72750.qmail@web11703.mail.yahoo.com>
To: www-html@w3.org

Now that I think about it, I've read the ECMAScript standard, but never read
the ANSI C/C++ standards. The only reason I'm sure I know pretty much all the
C++ standard is I've read enough books and have been programming it almost 10
years now (I'm 23).

--- David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> 
> >                                                               and he
> refused to
> > even look at the w3c standards and instead wanted to see a guide that was
> > easier to understand. He's not a web developer, he's a meteoroligst
> student,
> 
> That's pretty standard for software developers++ in all fields.  In the many
> fields, there is also the problem that you can't go into a bookshop and
> buy an international standard off the shelf, and if you could, it would
> be more expensive than the "Made's Child Play" (intended as a ficticious
> book series) book on the subject.
> 
> You only have to go into any bookshop to see that what developers want
> is basically cook books from which they can copy code fragments.
> 
> Book publishers are in a commercial world and need to supply what people
> want, not what is good for them.
> 
> It was always the case that standards documents were very rarely found
> (not just in software) and vendors own manuals tended to be shared across
> teams of 20 or more, but there has been a large increase in the number
> of dumbed down programming books in the last 15 to 20 years.
> 
> ++ Also, people reselling non-software products that claim compliance
> to standards, even quite high in the supply chain, are unlikely to have
> the standards documents, and may not realise that a supplier's claim of
> compliance is voided by the way they combine with other things (EMC
> might be an obvious example of where a component can comply but a system
> might not).
> 


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