pausable explanation for the Document Series

john.loughney at john.loughney at
Fri Jun 6 09:15:15 CEST 2003

Hi Bob,

> >The more-core problem is industry running on protocols with design flaws 
> >and protocol bugs, which cannot be fixed because of the installed base.
> >
> >If PS was perfect, this would not be a serious problem. But it isn't so.
> First versions of anything are never perfect.  This is true for products 
> and standards.  As long as we try to solve the problem by trying to make 
> the first version perfect we will fail.  It only delays the first version 
> and causes it to miss the market need.  The only solution I know of is to 
> do new versions.  This seems to work well in industry.
> Perfection doesn't work.  Shipping products and getting bug 
> reports works.

I agree with you on this point.  Until someone writes an ascii to 
C (or your favorite coding language) to convert I-Ds to running
code, it'll be impossible to ensure that a PS does not have
bugs.  A more sensible way forward, in my opinion, would be 
to ensure a better way for bug reporting, document updating, etc.
I think Harald's maintainence teams is a good potential solution.


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