Re: Why 90 percent of XML standards will fail
----- Original Message ----- From: Benjamin Franz <snowhare@n...> > > Since the W3C chooses the terms, recomendation or specification, I use > > their terms for their artifacts. They probably have something in mind > > for that interpretation which might make a fine contribution to a > > semantic web in a list of "practical intents and purposes" they test > > to ensure their definition of use. > > Do you believe that the adspeak 'previously owned car' is a beneficial > semantic over the common and well known understood 'used car'? Would you > use that term, just because the used car dealership *preferred* the term > 'previously owned'? > > Sometimes semantic artifacts are intended to *decrease*, not *increase* > comprehension. This is such a case. The *ONLY* reason for the avoidance of > the word 'standard' here is to allow companies to write non-compliant > implementations without getting beat up for it. "That's only a > _recommendation_, not anything as formal as a *standard*. We comply with > the *standards* themselves (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).". This 'only' reason is actually very important. The XML development is almost doomed, because coming with some working solution for XML ( but not being conformant to some W3C paper ) is a suicide. However, I think that this will change next five years, after people will realize that building on buzzwords is a pain, comparing to some proprietary stuff. The man who've wrote the original article we are discussing - makes and interesting point about those previous monsters. All those committees, smart, reasonable and important people on one hand - and just one Finnish student on another hand. This is the way it goes and this is the way is always was before, I think. Rgds.Paul.
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