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W3C, responsibility (Re: Why the Infoset?)

  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@s...>
  • To: John Cowan <jcowan@r...>, "xml-dev@x..." <xml-dev@x...>
  • Date: Thu, 03 Aug 2000 20:19:08 -0400

At 06:04 PM 8/3/00 -0400, John Cowan wrote in public reply to a private
>"Simon St.Laurent" wrote:
>> But they can't find it at the W3C, which is the whole @#X! point.
>The W3C is just a lousy industry consortium.  Nowhere is it written
>that it should or must be all things to all persons.

Nope, it's not written anywhere.  In fact, in some ways, it's supposed to
be pretty much the opposite, though many of us prefer to think otherwise.

But you were the person who kept bringing up 'moral issues' on xml-uri, so
you seem to have some respect for the W3C as a keeper of standards.  (In
that discussion, I clearly had less respect for such 'moral issues'.)

I guess the question I keep having is whether the Infoset should do the
best job that seems possible, given the additional exposure it will
definitely receive as a publication of the W3C.  Seems to me that 'best
job' in this case would involve some attempt at 'complete', since it's
called the 'XML Information Set', not the 'Common XML Information Set'.

Oh well.  Looks like I'd better count on being disappointed.

Simon St.Laurent
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books


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