Re: FW: WHATWG to start work on "Bible5"


I expected BIBLE 2.0


On 6/21/07, Michael Penman <> wrote:
> LOL!
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> Subject: WHATWG to start work on "Bible5"
> Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 22:48:38 +0200
> WHATWG to start work on "Bible5"
> Silicon Valley - June 2008
> After their successful work on HTML5, CSS5, XML5, SVG5, and Web5, the
> WHATWG has announced that it has started work on a new version of the
> Bible, to be called "Bible5".
> "Initially, one of the most obvious changes will be a change to the ten
> commandments", said Ian Hickson, the group's leader and idealog. "For
> instance we shall be changing 'Thou shalt not kill' to 'Thou SHOULD not
> kill' with the necessary reference to RFC 2119. Clearly after a couple of
> millenia experience with this spec, people have not been doing what the
> spec requires, and so we are merely updating it, modernizing it you might
> say, to reflect actual usage. I mean, what use is it having admonitions if
> most people are not going to follow them?" he asked, adding "That was a
> rhetorical question. I mean, what use is a spec that forbids things? It
> just makes it harder for people to be compliant." "That was also
> rhetorical" he hastened to add.
> Alan van Finckelstein, one of the people who will be initially working on
> the spec, expanded: "One of the problems with the Bible is its
> incompleteness" she said. "Although it mentions a few sins that are
> forbidden, and a few that are apparently OK -- incest in the case of Job's
> daughters being one that immediately springs to mind -- it leaves hundreds
> if not thousands of sins completely unspecified. We are currently using
> Google to search for and identify all currently known and practised sins,
> so we can include them in the permitted list."
> "One of the differences with the WHAT WG doing this work instead of the
> closed and secretive Christians, is that we have a completely open
> process" Hickson added. "Anyone can, and indeed does, join in. We are
> currently asking the public to submit use cases of sins that they have
> committed in the past, or would like to commit in the future, so that we
> can add them to the spec."
> "Speed is another advantage" chimed in Alan. "The Christians took 325
> years to produce their spec, before declaring a Rec at the Council of
> Nicaea. Talk about slow! We think we can produce a new version in about
> two weeks" she said.
> "Of course, that will only be a working draft!" pointed out Hickson. "But
> we hope to go to CR within a couple of weeks after that. We are preparing
> the test suite at the moment. The spec will not go to Rec until we have
> recorded evidence that every single sin has been committed at least twice.
> Our current timeline shows that we anticipate staying in the CR phase for
> about 325 years. We may have to go back to Working Draft after that
> though."
> "It need hardly be mentioned," laughed Finckelstein "that the Bible never
> actually went through CR, which is just typical." She went on "If it had,
> it would never have reached Recommendation stage. It is riddled with
> inconsistencies and errors, or things that have just not been defined. To
> take an example, when Moses comes down the mountain with the ten
> commandments and sees his people sinning, he loses his temper and smashes
> the marble tablets -- apparently smashing up God's property was not on the
> list of things thou shalt not do -- and then initiates a killing spree of
> three thousand of his followers. So much for 'Thou shalt not kill'!".
> "Anyway," concluded Hickson, "the big advantage of Bible5 will be that the
> number of sinners and criminals will be reduced at a stroke. Just imagine,
> the prisons will be emptied, and for the first time in history we will
> have a completely law abiding society!"
> WHAT's next? Finckelstein: "Electrical wiring and plugs", Hickson: "The
> rules of the road; airline safety; oh there's so much we can improve".
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