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Re:  XML-dev futures discussion
OASIS should be prudently careful of using Robert's Rules for early standards work.

XML Schema was developed under that regime. I believe that Robert's
says that for voluntary associations where members have a finanicial
stake in the outcomes of decisions, a simple majority is required to
vote something in but an absolute majority is required to change something.
(This may be so that people don't lose their investments by sudden lurches in
policy, e.g. if some competitors join and try to steer things away from the
favour of the founding members. )

When applied to developing standards, it can mean that decisions made early
are set in stone: this is entirely inappropriate for new standards development 
until late in the day -- until well after prototypes have been evaluated.

Rick Jelliffe

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Karl Best" <karl.best@o...>
To: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@s...>
Cc: "XML Dev" <xml-dev@l...>
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2003 4:42 AM
Subject: Re:  XML-dev futures discussion

> I'm trying not to participate in this discussion (I'd rather just let 
> you guys figure out what you want to do), but I'll give one answer and 
> make one comment. Yes, OASIS specifies Robert's Rules as the procedure 
> within our TCs. But xml-dev is not an OASIS TC, so you're not obliged to 
> follow those rules.
> The more you all talk about chairs, executive council, consensus, web 
> pages with additional functionality, who gets to vote on decisions, 
> etc., I'm wondering at what point xml-dev will turn into an organization 
> rather than just a discussion list. I think that you should ask 
> yourselves what is to be gained from doing so and if that's really what 
> you want.
> -Karl
> Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> > wkearney@i... (Bill Kearney) writes:
> > 
> >>>Either of these would be reliable. In either case, I think we should 
> >>>appoint three chairs to run the list.
> >>
> >>Oh great, what's next, Robert's Rules of Order?
> > 
> > 
> > Unless things have changed, OASIS runs itself under Robert's Rules:
> > http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2000/04/10/oasis/rules.html
> > 
> > So you might not be too far off. ;-)
> > 
> -- 
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