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Subject: Re: [xsl] except (was: Keys with duplicates should be simple)
From: Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 16:12:21 +0000

On 3 Feb 2014, at 16:07, Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On 3 Feb 2014, at 15:23, Ihe Onwuka <ihe.onwuka@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> No thought then for the occasional user of the language who doesn't
>> use it often enough such that he has barely  acclimated to the basics
>> much less the quirks.
> You can tell us we got it wrong, but you can't tell us we didn't think about
it. Why do you imagine the process takes so long? An agonizing amount of
debate goes into some of the most "trivial" issues like the naming of
functions and operators. That's of course because there are many points of
view and therefore, by definition, there is no answer that will be right for
everyone. I'm sorry that on this occasion you were one of the people that the
decision wasn't right for.

And by the way, comment and feedback on the new specs that are still under
development will be highly appreciated and valued. Comments on specs that were
frozen 7 years ago, by contrast, are not really much use to anyone. As
programmers, we all have to live all the time with decisions that it's too
late to change even if everyone agreed. No one likes the syntax for comments
in XML, but no-one is going to change it.

Michael Kay

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