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Subject: Re: [TMG] v4.0d - Sentence construction and quotes
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 18:40:44 EDT
In a message dated 9/17/02 5:15:59 PM Central Daylight Time,
> It should be a sine qua non that any new feature request be
> implementable with ZERO impact on long-time users of previous
> versions. I wish it could also be a requirement that any new feature
> add only marginally, or not at all, to the size of the program, but
> that's just wishful thinking.
That would seem to me to restrict the range of new features that could be
In fact, I've often wondered just what type of program Bob would have come up
with if he had had a completely clean sheet to begin with when it came time
for 5.0 and not been restricted by having to clear the "compatible with
previous versions" hurdle.
At some point in time it will be imperative that in order to advance the ties
to the past will have to be cut. We've seen the beginning in Windows XP Pro
and its lack of support for certain accessories and the unwillingness of the
manufacturers to provide drivers for certain things.
While continuity is to be greatly desired we can not afford to let it hinder
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