Re: Alternatives to the W3C
"Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@s...> writes: > Is there any chance of forming the ad hoc group that Michael describes > above, using as open a model as possible? The IETF and the W3C appear to > have moved beyond their cease-fire to a peace treaty, so I don't think the > IETF is an option for such work. Similarly, it's not clear that OASIS > (which charges fees, but at least the level is much lower) would be > interested in work that might well compete with W3C initiatives. It might be a lot more useful to start by getting an informal group of 2-4 vendors or developers together, publishing a simple, open spec, and providing interoperable software that implements it. If the world needs it, it will jump at it, and then you can hand over the spec to a standards body for formalization; otherwise, the world will simply yawn. Note how much of what we use was developed or is being developed this way (a small group of developers or vendors, a public spec, and running software first; formal standardization afterwards, if demand warrants): consider HTML, ECMAScript, Java and its dependent specs (I hope, if we can even pry Sun's fingers loose), SAX, OpenGL, and so on. 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/ or CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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