RE: Standards: they're de-jure, they're de-facto, they're de-LOVELY!
Hi David, David said: > 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? Thanks for your point. And yes I would also ask: what is it? a de facto standard? a standard? reply: Good you brought this David. It is not endorsed by W3C nor by ISO or any other institution, but used by a lot of developers who consider it as a "standard". So what is it then? Because it is not blessed by an institution is it a rebel "standard" opposed (imagine a star war scene here) to the "official standard" blessing institution? So what is a "standard" then? 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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