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Re: The "such responses" extension sentence

2008-02-24 15:57:02

John C Klensin wrote:
Or we could drop it. My instinct at the moment (i.e., I reserve the right to change my mind) is that dropping it would be better.


Having a specification contain language about hypothetical future capabilities is almost never useful and often turns out to be just plain wrong. The only benefit of reference to the future is when the specification contains pedagogy about extensibility by way of showing how to add capabilities.

A spec should specify. And it should explain the specification. Predicting the future does neither.


  Dave Crocker
  Brandenburg InternetWorking

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