The Rule of Least Power

Tim Berners-Lee, Noah Mendelsohn

Tim Berners-Lee, Noah Mendelsohn, The Rule of Least Power, World Wide Web Consortium, TAG Finding, February 2006.

When designing computer systems, one is often faced with a choice between using a more or less powerful language for publishing information, for expressing constraints, or for solving some problem. This finding explores tradeoffs relating the choice of language to reusability of information. The "Rule of Least Power" suggests choosing the least powerful language suitable for a given purpose.


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