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Re: Quick Tips volunteers -- an offer

From: Patrick Curran <Patrick.Curran@sun.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 21:47:33 -0800
Message-ID: <3E5C54F5.1080904@sun.com>
CC: www-qa-wg@w3.org

I strongly agree. Here in Java-land I've been struggling with some specs 
that are full of "pluggability" and "optionality". This makes them very 
attractive from the developer's perspective (lots of room for 
creativity) and a complete nightmare from the perspectives of 
conformance and interoperability.

An alternative title (only slightly tongue-in-cheeck): "MUST is good, 
MAY is bad"

Lofton Henderson wrote:

>
> High on my list of things to call to attention is:
>
> ** Give careful consideration to interoperability implications of 
> extensions, optionality, and discretionary features.
>
> A shorter title for this items would be better.  How about "Avoid 
> extensibility and unnecessary variability"
>
> This could perhaps replace or be integrated with #6, if we think the 
> list becomes too long by adding more items.)
>
> Regards,
> -Lofton.
>
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