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Subject: Re: Policy on backwards incompatible changes

/ Camille BĂ©gnis <camille@neodoc.biz> was heard to say:
| That looks good, I suggest we add a condition that is to provide along
| with the backwards incompatible release a stylesheet able to convert
| legacy documents to newer schema.

Well, maybe, but that doesn't always make sense. Often a backwards
incompatible change requires a judgement call. For example, suppose we
decided to delete @localinfo from olink (we've actually decided not
to, but just suppose). A stylesheet could just delete the attribute,
but probably the author needs to think more about what changes in
processing expectations will need to be made.

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