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Re: ISSUE-76: Need feedback on splitting Microdata into separate

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 17:17:10 +0000 (UTC)
To: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Cc: public-html <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0912101709270.19122@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Thu, 10 Dec 2009, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> Ian Hickson, Thu, 10 Dec 2009 16:12:34 +0000 (UTC):
> > On Thu, 10 Dec 2009, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> >> Ian Hickson, Thu, 10 Dec 2009 14:41:03 +0000 (UTC):
> >>> On Thu, 10 Dec 2009, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> >>>> 
> >>>> But Microdata is *already* being designed by only a half or a third 
> >>>> of the group, despite that it is placed inside the same spec. This 
> >>>> split will be/is already reflected in the design.
> There is no agreement within this group that we are working closely 
> together on Microdata, which is what Conway's mandates in order avoid 
> the effect of the law. Conway's law says that under such circumstances, 
> things will not end up compatible. I don't think that Conway's law says 
> that you will always - immediately - be able to pinpoint the 
> incompatibilities.

So in other words, despite you saying that the aforementioned split "will 
be/is already reflected in the design", it is in fact not reflected, and 
you cannot point to anything that you think will show such a split?

> The current work on Microdata has not had wide support within this 
> group. And perhaps even less outside this group. I can't see that this 
> could worsen by being moved into another spec. And hence, Tab's premise 
> is wrong.

That's a complete non-sequitur. Tab's premise, and indeed Conway's law in 
general, has nothing to do with how much support something has. It has to 
do with technical design.

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