> I am in favour of lowering the implementation barrier for
> clients but I don't think that is the same as encouraging
> people to write bad clients. Maybe it helps bad client
> writers to write better clients -:) Increasing the
> implementation barrier makes it more difficult to write good clients.
We agree with that - however there are certain things which whilst
lowering the barrier are also "bad"
i) using XML rather than BER is a good way of lowering the
ii) insisting (or implying) that the namespace prefix for SRW is always
srw so that a client can do regular expression matching on
srw:searchRetreiveResponse rather than looking for and using the prefix
defined in an xmlns: also lowers the implementation barrier but is "bad"