[sc34wg3] CTM: Realistic use cases or toy examples?

Patrick Durusau patrick at durusau.net
Fri Feb 1 11:02:36 EST 2008


Wait! Wait!

And everyone was doing so well.

Steve Pepper wrote:
> * Lars Heuer
> |
> | ... otherwise this discussion is pretty useless because we've
> | just two opinions: pro and against semicolons. And I don't
> | believe that someone will add a new, compelling argument.
> | 
> | Explaining why { ; } helps cultures would bring us forward.
> Respecting the fact that 10 people, taking part in a two-day
> face-to-face Working Group meeting, discussed and resolved this
> issue based on a National Body ballot comment - *that* is what
> would really "bring us forward".
> Even though I know Lars Marius will flame me, I have to say that
> I'm sick and tired of this continued lack of respect for
> decisions arrived at by people who go to a lot of trouble to
> attend face-to-face meetings.
> Kyoto is the third meeting in a row that has discussed CTM and
> taken decisions that you, Lars, have steadfastly refused to
> accept. It's time you drew the appropriate conclusions from
> this.
There has been no showing of a lack of respect by Lars or anyone else.

I think we need to be mindful that having a discussion in the absence of 
all but one of the relevant editors is likely to bring us to discussions 
of this sort.

I think the request to *understand* why a semi-colon would be useful is 
a valid one.

It may well be that the choice is purely aesthetic and in that case 
whatever decision is made will be purely arbitrary and will make some 
people happy and other people sad.

I don't think it is helpful to try to isolate anyone in this 
conversation as not accepting the will of the majority or anything of 
that sort. It simply isn't helpful.

I note that the argument is never made by someone whose position was not 
supported by some configuration of the members present at a meeting.

Seriously, the discussion has been quite fruitful up to this point. 
Let's not loose that over what may simply be an aesthetic concern.

Hope everyone is looking forward to a great weekend!

> Steve
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Patrick Durusau
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Chair, V1 - US TAG to JTC 1/SC 34
Convener, JTC 1/SC 34/WG 3 (Topic Maps)
Editor, OpenDocument Format TC (OASIS), Project Editor ISO/IEC 26300
Co-Editor, ISO/IEC 13250-1, 13250-5 (Topic Maps)

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