Re: Postel's law

From: Gene Wirchenko <>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 22:21:58 -0700
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David BL <> wrote:

>Have you heard of Postel's Law?
> "Be liberal in what you accept, and conservative in what you
>I can imagine it being applied to many things. Eg file formats, APIs,
>compilers, databases ...
>I think it generally leads to unnecessary complexity and sweep errors
>under the carpet.

     Joel Spolsky said it well:


Gene Wirchenko

Computerese Irregular Verb Conjugation:

     I have preferences.
     You have biases.
     He/She has prejudices.
Received on Sat May 24 2008 - 07:21:58 CEST

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