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Re: Comments on straw poll

From: <keshlam@us.ibm.com>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 14:42:57 -0400
To: "xml-uri@w3.org" <xml-uri@w3.org>
Message-ID: <852568E2.0066CA41.00@D51MTA03.pok.ibm.com>
>> I hate to ask, but: If there is really a strong agreement on this
>> why are we still debating?

> Because the people who can't live with it form a substantial minority.

I wish I was more convinced that further debate is going to change the
percentages significantly. I think everyone on the plenary understood the
issues and honestly disagreed anyway, and I was _very_ impressed with the
amount of time and skill invested in considering the alternatives. It's
possible that someone in the wider world will have a brilliant insight
which reconciles everything... but I think that's the only thing likely to
break the logjam.

Which reminds me: Is there any process by which we'll decide that this list
has reached closure, or failed to do so?

So far we're still rehashing the ground that was covered, in great depth,
by the Plenary discussion. It's important to provide background for new
readers, but I'd really like to have some new facts to argue about.
LURKERS: If anything isn't clear, ASK QUESTIONS. Helping us find a new
angle from which to view the problem would probably be the single most
useful contribution anyone could make at this point.

"It is not enough to be impolite. One must also be wrong."
     -- Hungarian proverb

Joe Kesselman  / IBM Research
Received on Wednesday, 17 May 2000 14:43:17 UTC

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