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Re: Inconsistencies in our approach

On Mon, 18 Aug 2003 17:06:49 +0300, Richard Braakman <dark@xs4all.nl> said: 

> On Thu, Aug 07, 2003 at 04:33:05PM -0500, John Goerzen wrote:
>> I will grant that these definitions are imperfect and improbable
>> arguments could be lodged against them; at the same time, I believe
>> that reasonable people not engaging in a Jesuit exercise to find
>> logical needles in a haystack of common sense are able to tell the
>> difference between a manpage and a C source file.

	Could you be bothered to demonstrate such discernment? The
 page http://www.stdc.com/QMS/documentation/ belongs to an old
 project of mine; could you tell the documentation apart from the
 code? I can also send, on request, the full set of man pages
 generated (I think there are 350+ man pages, so attaching them to
 this mail is going to be a problem for many people). (For the record,
 the source code -- the .h and .cpp files -- are the sole sources of
 the HTML pages you see at that URL). 

	I would also suggest that you look at doxygen before making
 assertions like this. Or are you suggesting that we sweep literate
 programming under the rug while considering how we treat licensing of
 content that we are planning on shipping on the official CD?

	The only way I can see to distinguish them is to say that the
 comments in a .cpp file are not code, and documentation, and may be
 considered separately from the code itself [<humour>copyright blah
 vlah -- you may distribute this program such that the code is under
 the gpl, but the comments may not be modified oniota, they are under
 the gfdl invariant clause</humour>]

None of our men are "experts."  We have most unfortunately found it
necessary to get rid of a man as soon as he thinks himself an expert
-- because no one ever considers himself expert if he really knows his
job.  A man who knows a job sees so much more to be done than he has
done, that he is always pressing forward and never gives up an instant
of thought to how good and how efficient he is.  Thinking always
ahead, thinking always of trying to do more, brings a state of mind in
which nothing is impossible. The moment one gets into the "expert"
state of mind a great number of things become impossible. From Henry
Ford Sr., "My Life and Work"
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