The Challenge

Eric W. Sink (
Fri, 5 May 95 09:55:19 EDT

>The example does not mention </p> because it makes some people angry?
>Come on.

Well... :-)

That particular issue has a lot of shared history behind it. Believe it or
not, a silly little compromise was made a long time ago, that the transition
to putting </p> in the spec would be tolerated by its opponents as long as
it didn't appear in the examples. I believe that one little compromise
dissipated a lot of tension in the room, and we all went out immediately and
enjoyed Chinese food together.

This is a collaborative effort. Some people will read this spec and not
know that a lot of the work that went into it had more to do with people
than technology. Working "together" is a very high value indeed, and
resolving people issues is usually a lot harder and messier than resolving
technology issues. Trying to do both at the same time, occasionally results
in something a little bit quirky, like "no </p> in the examples".

Eric W. Sink
Senior Software Engineer, Spyglass