Re: Why do we write standards?
I so thorougly agree with your post on the costs and benefits of standards that I cannot see why we disagree on the fundamental point. It's worth trying again. > Since we know so little about mixing HTML into other vocabularies > right now, That's arguable, considering the number of HTMLish languages exist, but let's pretend I agree. > and since we know almost nothing about how XML will be used > in Web clients, I think that it makes sense to start by standardizing > only a little bit. I am all for incremental standardization! > Let's give people a standard Namespace (and the > name case) and then let them start experimenting This is the part I get lost. Namecase interoperability is not interesting in the least. The only reason it would be interesting is if we were trying to achieve other types of interoperability. Normalizing TABLE and Table to the same spelling is only useful if they really ARE the same thing. If my <TABLE> can contain <TITLE> and <FOOBAR> and your <Table> can contain <if> and <blink> then they are fundamentally different and adopting the same namecase does not help. This is even more the case for name*space* interoperability. We use the same namespace to say that we are working interoperably. If we are not (or may not be) working interoperably then why would we use the same namespace? It's not about socialism versus libertarinism. It's about adopting a title like "Democratic Republic of Congo" when there is no democracy to speak of. Namespace equivalent: "Product XYZ supports the XHTML namespace. We use it in completely different ways than anyone else and our software crashes with many documents that other people create using XHTML, but we are XHTML namespace compatible!" What's the damn point? -- Paul Prescod - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for himself http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/txconst/sections/cn000100-000400.html "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being." - Texas Constitution, Article 1, Section 4 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 unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe 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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