The triplescripts.org group was conceived and is organized around a set of values. Refer to Timmermans's essay Perl7 is a fork of values. There are also parallels between the intentionality of the triplescripts.org group's work and Bret Victor's Inventing on Principle. In contrast to, for example, the X11 project's unofficial motto "mechanism, not policy", the work of triplescripts.org involves the deliberate pursuit of specific mechanism, policy, and culture.
Besides some of (what should be) the obvious ones (longevity, reproducibility, scrutability), some of this group's other core principles include:
- end-user control
- low-magic systems
- simplicity and ease
There are a number of mantras meant to capture the tao of triple scripts.
This page is concerned with describing the principles that the triplescripts.org group is expected to imbue into the products of its work—i.e., the software itself. For information about the expectations of participants and their conduct on the triplescripts.org wiki and in the community at large, refer to the triplescripts.org wiki "About" page.