Re: Open standards processes
>Here are some more thoughts about open standards processes: > To add my tuppenceworth, I've been involved in the past in both de jure and consortium standards-making processes, though all before the days of the web. To get a successful standard you need a core team who work hard, who are technically highly competent, and who understand the needs of the users as well as (a more common reason for failure) the needs of potential vendors. You need a consensus on the general principles and objectives, an aversion to introducing unproven innovations, and an absence of people with an interest in obstructing the process. You don't need consultation or democracy or legal authority; these can sometimes help to achieve the necessary consensus but can also slow things down or send things off in the wrong direction. But I don't think it serves any purpose to be secretive. I have certainly always believed that the more people knew what was going on, the greater the chance of success. Publishing work in progress will enable the user and vendor community to respond more rapidly when the thing is finally published, and will harness the resources of a wider group of people to spot the errors. I find it a little disappointing, now that there is no cost argument to prevent open dissemination, that W3C should (apparently) have a policy of secrecy which goes beyond anything I ever encountered in ISO or ANSI or X/Open or OMG committees. Perhaps the problem is that they would be deluged by feedback, but I doubt it. Michael Kay xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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