Re: Off track
At 09:52 AM 5/1/98 +1000, Marcus Carr wrote: >Simon St.Laurent wrote: > >> Apart from the number of people working on XML who are from assorted empires >> and settler states, I'm really not sure what on earth you're talking about. I >> know there are several issues with Unicode (65000 characters isn't enough), >> but what in XML is so 'colonial'? > >Nothing in the sense that you are thinking of - what I meant was that a relatively >small <disclaimer>albeit it open, etc.</disclaimer> group of people are making >decisions that are going to have a profound impact on many millions of people for >some time to come. I believe we are preparing to unleash a new culture on >everyone; I wasn't referring to any particular cultural or ethnic group or issues >therewith. But isn't this almost always how these things happen? There's maybe 20 people who have direct and continuous input into SGML, DSSSL, etc. It must be the same for things like HTML, internet standards, products, laws, etc. Certainly a large number of people will influence the decisions of these small groups, but ultimately it comes down to a few people making critical decisions. No matter how open a process is, it always comes down to what the people who do the work do. The US constitution was framed by no more than about 50 people, of whom maybe 10 were involved in the bulk of the decisions made, with the core ideas coming from just two or three people (Jefferson, Madison, etc.). The decisions of that small group of people working largely in secret in 1789 have profoundly affected world history. I would like to think that, as a body and as individuals, that the members of the XML WG take their resposibility very seriously--my experience is that we do--it's one of the reasons that I'm willing and proud to participate in the process. It doesn't mean we'll always make the best technical decision--we're only human, but we certainly don't make any decisions lightly. And of course, we have to play the hand we're dealt, whether we like it or not. Cheers, E. -- <Address HyTime=bibloc> W. Eliot Kimber, Senior Consulting SGML Engineer ISOGEN International Corp. 2200 N. Lamar St., Suite 230, Dallas, TX 95202. 214.953.0004 www.isogen.com </Address> 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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