RE: OSS vs W3C? was: Next Round
> -----Original Message----- > From: Bill la Forge [SMTP:b.laforge@j...] > > If the validity of a standard is based on the process which defines it, I > suspect that > the work done on xml-dev has the greater validity. > > Open Source Software and vendor controlled standards bodies, IMHO, are a > poor marrage. > The advantage of Java and XML is that they let you do significant work > without the need > for a large team effort. Agreement and support of a few large vendors is > no longer the > significant factor. > > We need standards. But I suspect the process needs to be updated. > It's interesting I was thinking about the very same thing just the other day. Currently our standards as defined by the W3C (and other standards bodies) are defined by effectively locking a group of "members" in a room and waiting until they emerge with something worthwhile. It's a fairly impenetrable room from the outside, even though it's possible at certain stages of the process to make suggestions from the outside - there's no guarantee that those suggestions will even be considered. The "members" tend to be large corporations who have a vested interest in the technology (yes, I know Tim is the exception here). Is this neccessarily a bad thing? I don't know - we've never really experienced anything different. And yet when I compare it to the software world, and read "The Cathedral and The Bazaar", I can't help wondering if developing standards in a Bazaar might be a better model. It would certainly be interesting to try. Matt. 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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