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Re: Intelligence in standards-based software

From: Chris Newman <cnewman@iplanet.com>
Date: Thu, 03 May 2001 17:25:04 -0700
To: Jacob Palme <jpalme@dsv.su.se>, discuss@apps.ietf.org
Message-id: <689245.988910703@nifty-jr.west.sun.com>
I disagree with all three of the proposed rules.

"be liberal in what you accept" leads to non-interoperability when 
interpreted too broadly.

Munging can be a good idea when changing data in a way that improves the 
receiver's ability to render it.  Munging ill-formed data can improve 
interoperability if done appropriately.

Necessary intelligence is important in software.  NTP has to be rather 
intelligent to work correctly.  And it works quite well.

The multipart/alternative spec probably just failed to provide enough UI 
advice.  But Mulberry implemented it correctly.

		- Chris
Received on Thursday, 3 May 2001 20:26:23 UTC

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