[uf-discuss] Currency Quickpoll: Preliminary results
mikeschinkel at gmail.com
Sat Oct 14 13:55:06 PDT 2006
>> I'm not a retailer, but if I was, I'm sure I wouldn't consider the
prospect of a 20% failure rate very satisfactory...
I didn't imply that at all. Explicitly stated, I was saying that edge cases
would be in the 20 percentile, not that we'd have a 20% failure rate.
Further, I said I believe that it would be much more likely to see adoption
if the 80 percentile case were much easier to implement. It is easier to
get people to learn and adopt complexity if they can get started by not
having to learn and use complexity. Once bought in to a concept, assuming
the complexity slope is not to steep, people will incremetally accept
complexity. But they won't accept complexity up front. It is a concept I
learned from one of my college professors called "transitionality." I
blogged about it a few years ago:
We can look look back at OS/2 and Windows; in the early days one was
optimized for quality and one was optimized for adoption. Look which one
>> That said, why not make the "symbol" markup optional?
That's IMO is an additional good idea.
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Subject: Re: [uf-discuss] Currency Quickpoll: Preliminary results
In message <003301c6efc9$8c9e08f0$2102fea9 at Guides.local>, Mike Schinkel
<mikeschinkel at gmail.com> writes
>>> £1 was worth 2.50 dollars
>Those are edge cases which require additional complexity. I'm
>advocating that edge cases, which are certainly in the 20 percentile or
>less have the complexity whereas the more common use-cases (certainly
>more than 80 percentile) should require less complex markup.
>Most of the time we see just $2.50 or just £1. My point is "Why require
>all the overhead (which will likely cause this microformat not to get
>used very often) in order to support far less common use-cases with the
>>From my experience of running a small internet retailer for 12 years
I'm not a retailer, but if I was, I'm sure I wouldn't consider the prospect
of a 20% failure rate very satisfactory...
That said, why not make the "symbol" markup optional?
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