[sc34wg3] Thoughts on the RM

Sam Hunting sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Fri, 25 Apr 2003 08:33:09 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 25 Apr 2003, Steve Pepper wrote:

> All the words give trouble. Or at least so many of them that a clause
> by clause review is pointless at this stage.

Yes -- the fact that some readers were willing to perform a clause by
clause review and others were not is evidence that the text is not yet
able to serve as a basis for consensus. That is why we need as much
commentary as possible in order to revise it.

> I am more concerned with the substance, of which I find there to be
> very little. Even more, I am concerned with the motivating factors for
> the substance. Until I understand what the RM is supposed to *do*,
> and why anybody would want to do whatever that is, I see no point in
> wordsmithing.

To be clear, the heart of your objection is that there is no "why."
(editorial and technical objections, if any, are subsidiary.) How would
you like the "why" expressed in terms of a deliverable? Part of the
standards text? Informally on this list? In terms of process (and the
limited time up to and in London, it would be helpful to know this.

> Believe it or not, I'm really not trying to be difficult.

My mantra: The only thing that matters is consensus on the text. 

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