RE: Lotsa laughs
Hi Chris, Thanks for giving more info about W3C composition. You stated that w3c makes specs and this is right but a lot of people treats this as "standard". You also said that some of these specs are brought to ISO for standardization. Good, more of them should follow the same path ;-) It seems that we need more and more a good map of different "standard" institutions and be careful of where we put the tag "standard" and what's behind this word. you said: > I don't think it is fair to say that no Americans can help produce > internationalised specifications. People like Francois Yergeau, Glenn > Adams and Gavin Nicol (three of the four authors of RFC2070, > "Internationalization of the HyperText Markup Language") are all based > in the Americas (USA and Canada). [The fourth author was Martin Durst, > who is Swiss and works for W3C, out of the Japanese host institution.] reply: I understand your point but isn't RFC2070 under IETF? Didier said: > d) ISO is an international organism with representative from different > countries. But ISO weight seems to be less and less significant. Chris said: > ISO represents governments, not the international community at large. > For example. Tibetan is a language, but was not added into ISO 10646 > because Tibet is ruled by China. Only when the Unicode consortium became > involved were the characters needed for non-governmental scripts added. > (By way of an example). > I don't think ISO is insignificant, but it does seem to work best when > taking existing well implemented specifications and performing editorial > clarifications rather than de-novo technical work. reply: Thank for the precision. You are very right on this. ISO represent governments not necessarily communities or conquered countries. I also agree on ISO Speed of action (very slow). We also tend to forget ( the public) what ISO is and what the word "standard" means, or what behind a word like "standard" :-) So, with this perpective should we say that instead of talking of "standard" for a lot of actual technologies we should instead talk of "proposal" or "recommendations"? Thanks Chris for bringing more info on what's behind W3C. regards Didier PH Martin mailto:martind@n... http://www.netfolder.com 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/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 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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