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Re: [namespaceDocument-8] 14 Theses, take 2

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: 27 Feb 2002 20:11:15 -0500
To: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
Cc: TAG <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1014858686.2260.129.camel@localhost.localdomain>
On Wed, 2002-02-27 at 18:54, Tim Berners-Lee wrote:
> Some of the following seem to me self-evident:
> 5. Where all the information available can be expressed in one (not too
> long) document then an indirection for the sake of it is an engineering
> mistake.  So clients should be prepared to accept information directly or
> indirectly, ideally.

Could you explain to me why this is self-evident?

This claim seems like a catastrophic mistake to me at its foundation.

The costs of indirection are low, the benefits substantial.  The only
reason I can find to oppose indirection is impatience, which itself
feels to me like an engineering mistake.

(I'd also question whether anything is properly speaking self-evident,
but it seems to a phrase people like.)

Simon St.Laurent
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Received on Wednesday, 27 February 2002 19:06:45 UTC

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