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

From: Orion Adrian <oadrian@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 08 Apr 2004 10:50:54 -0400
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <BAY1-F788daY8rksbQg0003148a@hotmail.com>

> >> and you
> >> cannot seriously claim that W3C Members are not implementers or users 
>of
> >> these specs.
>
>Actually, you can.  I would say most W3C Members do NOT implement most W3C
>specs.

Given the size of most of these specs and there insane complexity, it would 
very much seem to me that this is not something that any one person could 
implement. But it should be the case. Efficient implementations should be 
relagated to groups.

Another approach. Write a spec, then give it to somebody who hasn't worked 
on the spec, but if familiar with the problem. Let them play with it for a 
few days then ask them to explain the structures back to you. If they can't 
get more than say 80%, it's time to cull back, simplify and abstract (1 
layer, not 4). I find this particular approach to be very accurate and 
satisfying the myself and the people using the technologies I write.

Orion Adrian

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