RE: XPath/XSLT 2.0 concerns
It is your problem and it will matter in ten years. Keep in mind that the W3C did not invent ninety-nine percent of what it is given credit for. Public perception is often misinformation made fact by repetition (why googling is a good way to search but a disastrous way to denote). It is very often the case that the names on the document do not reflect the credit for the work and particularly the research. The Web fouled up, perhaps irremediably, scholastic work for some time to come because it only references; it does not validate. That's a license to steal, not a mandate to innovate. But innovation feeds the kitty. Unless someone sits down to carefully think the problem through, we get political progress but little else. We get short sighted lurches, but no clear forward jumps in evolution. We get locally elegant conceptual neighborhoods, but the inner city, the environment is a mess. Think California. Think Silly Valley. In short, everything right depends on the initial sources doing a very good job, accredited or not, because the system simply absorbs and implements, good, bad or mediocre ideas if they look popular. What you see in XML starts out years ago far away from MIT. What you see in all the current faddish enterprise designs starts out years ago far away from Sun, Oracle and Microsoft or ebXML. That survey on the XML Journal web page is not only wrong, it is completely bass-ackwards. That is public perception at work; it is a bit like the American Presidential election. The guy with the minority vote takes the office, and then leads us straight to economic and political hell, but few will stand up and call it what it is: a rip off. It very much makes a difference what the independent developers come up with. Very much. After working in this field since the early eighties, I can tell you with deep conviction that the only thing that you can't control very well is how the accomplishments are accredited on The Web because it is now a political conglomerate of bad journalism and research tied to greedy self-aggrandizing poli-sci-wise leaders. But you can dang sure turn the boat if you don't care about that. If your mantra, "It isn't my problem" is another way of saying, "I don't care", c'est un mal geste, n'est pas? But it WILL matter. len -----Original Message----- From: Jeni Tennison [mailto:jeni@j...] Oh dear, I'm forgetting a little exercise that I'm supposed to do when I start getting concerned about this. "It's not my problem. It's not my problem. It's not my problem. None of this will matter in 10 years time."
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