Re: Lotsa laughs
It seems that the word "standard" is a new modern marketing magic wand. what do this means exactly? If W3C has 320 members and claim to produce Didier wrote: <"standards". Does this means that if I get 320 friends (not from the same company) and produce a spec, could this be a "standard"? if not why? Did we forget some historical lessons when at some period of time people where claiming authority based on some "standards", even attributed themselves the right to burn people not conforming to the "standards". So, what this word really mean today? disguised power struggle? Do "standard" really mean "against Microsoft" (this does not necessarily I am for _ and that I have to say this just put more emphasis on the quest to find the real meaning of "standards") ? Do "standard" mean... What this word really means anyway? What is really behind it?> These are some excellent points! As I have read through this list the past several months gauging XML's potential for my industry, one thing that has become clear is that we are far from a "standard" method. What amazes me the most about not only XML, but the growth of the Internet in general is that it has been largely done without governmental interference. There is no standard until the marketplace says there is. Period. Even despite the best efforts of ISO and W3C, this does not stop the bickering over methods and standards (the CSS vs. XSL debate comes quickly to mind, XSchema vs. DTDs, etc). This has led to a "Wild West" (pardon the purely American metaphor) situation where we have gunfights and duels until one person, one way, is left standing. Thus far, Bill Gates has the fastest draw. Still, to propose a standard for e-commerce communications and make it readable in only YOUR latest browser (compliant or not), is the ultimate in hubris ---------------------- Michael S. Brothers Michael.S.Brothers@E... 515-362-7473 At this point, I don't think that's the best option. 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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