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Re: complexity (was: Re: XHTML and RDF)

From: Tantek Çelik <tantek@cs.stanford.edu>
Date: Wed, 07 Apr 2004 11:45:24 -0700
To: <olafBuddenhagen@web.de>, <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <BC9999FC.3A645%tantek@cs.stanford.edu>

On 4/7/04 4:47 AM, "olafBuddenhagen@web.de" <olafBuddenhagen@web.de> wrote:

> 
> Hi,
> 
> On Wed, Apr 07, 2004 at 09:43:25AM +0900, Karl Dubost wrote:
> 
>>> Anyways, it seems we agree that W3C folks tend to create solutions
>>> that evidently go into the wrong direction :-(
>> 
>> Just a reminder. W3C folks are the companies members... not necessary
>> academics or researchers, but software developers.
> 
> Actually, looking at most W3C standards, I get exactly the opposite
> impression -- that they are created by academics that have never written
> any serious software, or even tried to consider the implications of
> writing an efficient implementation.

IMHO, your impression is for the most part accurate.  There are some
software developers among the folks that participate at W3C, but they are in
the minority.

Oh, sure perhaps most *companies* in W3C do some form of software
development, but that does not mean that the representatives themselves
actually write software on a day to day basis.

> Did you realize that even the most advanced browsers, with an enormous
> manpower behind them, do implement only a little fraction of the
> standards? And that's not because they are too lazy; that's because many
> of these standards are just absurdly complex.

This is precisely correct.

Tantek
Received on Wednesday, 7 April 2004 14:45:27 GMT

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