Standards: they're de-jure, they're de-facto, they're de-LOVELY!
Didier PH Martin writes: > More and more I am getting confused by the word "standard": [... MS, Java, Linux, W3C, ECMA, ISO, etc. ... ] You left out an weird example -- SAX is a very widely-implemented XML API, but it has no owner, no organization promoting it, no press releases, no copyright or terms of usage (it's truly public domain), and no formalized process for development or maintenance. (It also has no proper language-independent spec, but I consider that a bug rather than a feature, and one for which I take personal responsibility.) Essentially, megginson.com donates a little Web space, xml-dev donates a lot of discussion space, and many companies and individuals donate the time from the people who help to discuss and develop SAX. In this regard, SAX is a lot like Linux, except that Linux is GPL'ed and Linus now holds the trademark on the Linux name after a nasty squabble with someone who tried to cash in; SAX is explicitly in the public domain and not copyrighted, copylefted, or trademarked in any way, and relies exclusively on peer-pressure and user demand to ensure conformance. I've never (knowingly) called SAX a 'standard', de facto or de jure. What *is* it? All the best, David -- David Megginson david@m... http://www.megginson.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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