Re: Parsing Performance
Martin Soukup wrote: > The biggest problem with large open standards is that they must serve a > wide community of users and through that an even wider range of > customers. I guess the issue here is that one should have the option of > doing things either way. Wouldn't that serve the most people? Possibly not. The thing with open standards is that they act as a public good (if you like, they have macro-economic value) as well as serving to increase the size of market by drawing in more buyers. Not everyone gets served equally by them (there will be detrimental, micro-economic consequences for individuals). If there is a bias in standards, it's usually towards consumers of the products the standards target, not the sellers - arguably by the time a sector needs standardizing, the sellers have made sufficient margin as opaque markets tend to favour sellers. Fwiw, Eric Newcomer's article which Len linked to is a resonable portrayal of what goes when standards come to town, though I agree that the choices are not so clear cut - differnt areas and verticals will move at different rates. Bill de hÓra
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