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Re: Hackers and Painters and Lawyers

> On Friday, May 16, 2003, at 09:47 US/Eastern, Peter J. Wasilko, Esq. 
> wrote:
> >     All in all, legal drafting looks a lot like software reuse.
> Unfortunately, via cut and paste, rather than standard libraries.

Actually, Bar Associations set up committees to pool their members' legal boilerplate and compile  libraries of association endorsed legal forms in the file formats used by the most popular expert system document assembly shells. Some of these distributions even include assembly rules. So there is more large-scale sharing at work than you would get with cut and paste alone.

Warmest Regards,



Peter J. Wasilko, Esq.
     J.D., LL.M.               

Executive Director, The Institute for End User Computing, Inc.

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suffer from an impoverished conceptual model that lacks the
integration and elegance needed to empower end users to
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