The Wheels Are Grinding (Was RE: XML 1.0 (3rd Edition) (Was: X
There is a lot to be said for a framework in which technology incubators like the W3C handle the specifications of products almost ready for prime time and standards process managers like ISO handle the now-prime-time soon to be next seasons rerun documents. Inner wheel turns fast; outer wheel turns slow. The teeth must mesh with as little friction as can be managed, but yes, something like that arrangement would free the inner wheel of managing too many communications and therefore, get back to cranking out running code by rough consensus. This is something for the powers beyond the maillists to think about seriously. My employers aren't appalled; sometimes they are quietly thrilled. Other times, they just yawn. len -----Original Message----- From: Champion, Mike [mailto:Mike.Champion@S...] Truly random digression: Now that the ISO has taken on the task of rationalizing and standardizing the various alternative XML schema languages (see http://xml.coverpages.org/ni2001-12-13-a.html) I wonder whether there is any hope of THEM defining an International Standard that incorporates some sensible combination of XML 1.0, xml:base, and Namespaces .... Methinks I'm a gonna get flamed for that thought ...my only defense is too many late nights and early mornings communing with XML geeks in Orlando ... nevertheless, Ken Holman announced the ISO DSDL development at XML 2001 last night, and several beers later there was some buzz that maybe we're ready for "Spec Wars II: ISO Strikes Back" now that the Rebel Alliance has gotten complacent and bureaucratic. <grin> [usual disclaimer: my employers may be even more appalled than usual about these ravings ]
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