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RE: definition of forward compatible/backward compatible still an open problem [XMLVersioning-41 ISSUE-41]

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 04 Sep 2007 16:17:40 -0500
To: Marc de Graauw <marc@marcdegraauw.com>
Cc: 'David Orchard' <dorchard@bea.com>, 'www-tag' <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1188940660.29837.1992.camel@pav>

On Wed, 2007-08-29 at 17:49 +0200, Marc de Graauw wrote:
[...]
> The full formalization is available at:
> http://www.marcdegraauw.com/2007/08/29/axioms-of-versioning/

I took a look; it does look coherent, though it might
take a lot of examples to motivate that much detail/complexity.

I'm mulling it over.

> (Printer friendly:
> http://www.marcdegraauw.com/files/axiomsofversioning.html)
> 
> | Can we weaken the definition and effectively say it's language
> | dependent?  
> | 
> | "I1 is compatible with I2 in a language specific manner such 
> | that is not
> | generalizable."
> 
> I don't know if this is a good idea - often language specs do not contain
> formalisms to establish compatibility, so wouldn't this leave compatibility
> undefined?

It would leave it perhaps a bit less formalized, but not completely
undefined.

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Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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