In spec-writing, focus rules.

[Aquarionics] Journal – Mindless Coding.: “Adding the namespace suddenly made RSS a scary thing because I, as a developer that has to try to understand this crap, now have a potentially infinite number of tags, all of which somebody, /somewhere/ will want me to support. It also means that RSS, far from doing one thing well (which it did), can now do an infinite number of things, many of them identical, at the whim of some tinpot developer. Or, because I don’t trust single people to come up with perfect standards alone, Badly.”

I very much agree with this sentiment. RSS development definitely got out of hand. Then again, it’s been a great, public try out of what to do and what not to do when writing specs or defining formats. Simplicity still rules. Or let me restate that: focus rules.

On a related note: I just dropped some more non-essential elements from the XFML spec. Release is, as they say, imminent.

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