[uf-discuss] RFC: Proposal for general purpose microformat

Dr. Ernie Prabhakar drernie at opendarwin.org
Fri Dec 2 14:38:21 PST 2005

Hi Abramo,

On Dec 2, 2005, at 1:18 PM, Abramo Bagnara wrote:
> I think that "general purpose" and "universality" sacrificing  
> simplicity
> is a bad thing, but can we agree that universality *with*  
> simplicity is
> a benefit?

I think the challenge has always been "simplicity for whom."  I think  
many of us would agree that generality has *some* value, but (in our  
experience) i) universality is too ambitious a goal, and ii) even  
generality comes at *some* price.  For example, making things simpler  
for parsers often makes it a little harder for humans, which (around  
here) is considered evil. :-)

If you can come up with something that is more general, but just as  
simple for *everyone* involved, I'm sure at least a few of us on the  
list would be willing to hear it (though we'd obviously be skeptical  
at first :-).

Ernie P.

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