Re: Imprimaturs - W3C and ISO
On Mon, 1 Nov 2004 22:14:51 -0000, Michael Kay <michael.h.kay@n...> wrote: > The big software vendors all committed themselves heavily to XML Schema back > in 2000/2001 and have huge investments in it. The more you spend, the less > your inclination to change direction. Also, they see the big spenders in the > user community equally committed (or locked-in, if you prefer). I dunno .. look at the reports from the Microsoft-centric XML Developers Conference I linked to in the Partyin' thread. There seems to be a lot of disaffection with XSD, at least in its current form. Anyway, support and maintenance costs can dwarf initial investments, and the pain that users feel may be starting to cost big vendors money. As best I can read the tea leaves, what is most important for the big vendors is standardization in the de-facto sense: many customers demand NOT to be locked in, and want assurances that what they are building can be ported or made to interoperate with other platforms, tools, etc. without undue pain. The other major need is a certain amount of predictability -- big vendors have big customers, and they don't turn on a dime, or throw out technology investments just because they aren't fashionable this year. Advocates for the out-of-the-mainstream specs do have to work wirth these hard facts: build the tools to make them de-facto reality on the ground, figure out how to import/export XSD or otherwise interoperate with the "legacy" XSD products to the greatest extent possible, and somehow lay out a logical roadmap from where real XML users are today to where they could be with RNG/Schematron being more pervasive. Big vendors and their customers aren't going to adopt Schematron or RNG just because they are official international standards, but neither are they going to scorn them because they don't come from W3C. My guess is that they will adopt them when (if?) it becomes obvious that a significant chunk of people are getting their work done better/faster/cheaper with them than with XSD. If these technologies are really as good as most people on this list seem to think, it may not take much to get the ball rolling.
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