Subject: Re: [docbook] Re: Policy on backwards incompatible changes
Are backwards-incompatible changes really that destructive? Nobody forces anyone to upgrade their documents. One can easily install multiple versions of DocBook schemas in parallel. In contrast, maintaining multiple versions of stylesheets (to customize) is a pain. It seems to me that the real issue, rather than incompatible schema changes, concerns long-term support commitments to docbook constructs in the stylesheets. Thus, allow DocBook to move along at a reasonable pace, but commit to supporting DocBook constructs in the stylesheets for some time after they are phased out or changed. (However, this may occasionally require explicit triggering of old-style behavior through stylesheet parameters etc...) Justus Norman Walsh <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote on Mon, 21 Jul 2008 10:52:07 -0400: > ... there are established organizations with huge amounts of legacy > DocBook content that don't move at internet speed. It would be rude, > to say the least, if we moved so fast that they didn't have an > opportunity to upgrade in an organized manner.