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Subject: RE: [docbook] Re: Policy on backwards incompatible changes
Justus-bulk@Piater.name [mailto:Justus-bulk@Piater.name] wrote: > 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. Well, it's not a big deal if either (a) your existing content does not use any features that will be broken by the upgrade (in which case you upgrade), or (b) you don't have a need for any of the new features (in which case you don't upgrade). But if you have documents that meet both conditions, you're forced to choose between two less-than-ideal situations. If many people with a lot of content never upgrade because it's too much of a headache, then there's a limited advantage in even releasing a new version in the first place. ************************* Rob Cavicchio Principal Technical Writer EMC Captiva EMC Corporation 10145 Pacific Heights Boulevard, 6th Floor San Diego, CA 92121-4234 P: (858) 320-1208 F: (858) 320-1010 E: Cavicchio_Rob@emc.com The opinions expressed in this message are my own and should in no way be interpreted to reflect the opinions of EMC.