Re: Announce: XML Schema, The W3C's Object-Oriented Des cripti
Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote: > Whatever the merits of James' analysis, > it is about two years too late. I really hope you're wrong. Early days yet. > Let me ask: should we quit claiming to be creating > standards and admit the role of specifications? That > is, one implements a spec and assumes the risk that > it may have flaws. A standard, by contrast, should be > relatively risk free because the implemented technologies > and the communities that use them have uncovered them. Oh "standards" are "risk-free" are they? I know a guy who can tell you about the greater than a billion dollars he helped a well-known computer company [expletive deleted] away betting on OSI networking. I could cite the name of a half-dozen other "standards" that are now industry in-jokes, and so could you Len. The notion that a standard's origin has much to do with how good it is is unsupported by the evidence. -Tim
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