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Re: Finishing the XML-tagging discussion



On Mon, 20 Mar 2000 17:59:13 EST, "Simon St.Laurent" said:
> It's a plausible risk only if HTTP 1.1 or other protocols are explicitly
> reopened and modified.  Otherwise, it's pretty easy to point to the spec
> and say "No.  That's forbidden."  It might be a good idea to present these

If you haven't been in the industry long enough that it takes you more
than 30 seconds to think of at least 5 vendors(*) of software who aren't
dissuaded from doing something just because the standard says explicitly
not to do that, you haven't been around enough to see *seriously* broken
software.

Careful reading of the MIME specs will reveal that a *large* portion of
all the prohibitions against this, that, and the other thing aren't
there to prevent a good programmer from implementing something known to
be impossible.  The prohibitions are there to stop poor programmers
from implementing possible things incorrectly.

/Valdis

(*) Conglomerates such as IBM and Microsoft only count as one vendor
each, no matter how many offending companies/divisions they own.