Subject: RE: Model Code for the OSD
From: "Lawrence E. Rosen" <lrosen@rosenlaw.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 09:39:08 -0800

I would prefer requiring "all available documentation describing how to
modify the original work."  That means that a developer cannot hide
documentation that IS available simply to make others' work more
difficult.  /Larry

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M. [mailto:rdixon@cyberspaces.org] 
> Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2003 8:41 AM
> To: David Johnson; Rod Dixon
> Cc: license-discuss@opensource.org
> Subject: Re: Model Code for the OSD
> 
> 
> David has proposed that Article 2 of the OSD not be read to 
> require documented source code. To implement this change on 
> our draft, I can delete from section 2-2 of the model code 
> the explanatory passage that defines obfuscated to mean, 
> among other things, undocumented code. I'll make this change 
> by the end of the month unless others post views to the contrary.
> 
> Rod
> 
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "David Johnson" <david@usermode.org>
> To: "Rod Dixon" <rodd@cyberspaces.org>
> Cc: <license-discuss@opensource.org>
> Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 9:55 PM
> Subject: Re: Model Code for the OSD
> 
> 
> : On Friday 17 January 2003 09:57 am, Rod Dixon wrote:
> : > Larry & List members: at your convenience, please 
> download the current
> : > draft  of the OSD's proposed model code.
> :
> : I have one nit.
> :
> : 4: "Source code that is exceptionally difficult to read 
> either because it is
> : not documented or is cryptically expressed is considered 
> obfuscated source
> : code..."
> :
> : This seems onerous. It is the bad habit of many developers 
> not to document
> : their code. If the code itself is easily understandable by 
> someone conversant
> : with the language and the problem domain, then the lack of 
> documentation
> : should not count as obfuscation. I don't want to point any 
> fingers, but there
> : are numerous examples of OSS projects with absolutely no 
> documentation.
> :
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