[fpc-devel] Pascal Standard, and what we can do.

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Fri Jul 24 12:35:21 CEST 2015

On Fri, 24 Jul 2015, Den wrote:

>    Looks like I sparked quite a bit of interest! Perhaps we could work on a 
> Standard instead of just on the Compiler itself? This gives people more of a 
> look on what 'could' happen, instead of a Wiki where everyone can just edit. 
> A system where voting is necessary, just like Standards from W3C, Khronos, 
> etc, etc. A mailing list where people debate endlessly is not productive; we 
> could have had a # of votes to see what should/should not be implemented, 
> instead of a few key members deeming what's 'pascalish' or not. You may 
> create that fork/branch now, but who knows who will actually end up merging 
> it in? If they ever do. This is why we need a standard, so that there is NO 
> wasted work, and people can get experience implementing things that are well 
> documented first and know how they should act.
> *Plan first, Then Code*: I believe was said? ;)

Definitely. It will be good to have a working document.

But an open source project is not a democracy; it is a meritocracy. 
If someone feels like doing one of your standards, it will happen, otherwise not. 
if you think otherwise, I think you are dreaming :)
So a voting system is in my opinion redundant and probably counterproductive.


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