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Re: Excellent Insight on Standards Development vs Invention


innovation versus standardization
On Fri, 12 Nov 2004 08:44:00 -0600, Bullard, Claude L (Len)
<len.bullard@i...> wrote:
> Good stuff.  Everyone should read this.
> 
> http://tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2004/11/11/AtomInnovation


Yup, good stuff.  But it raises some more questions for me:

- What does this have to do with the main critique of Atom, that it
just adds to the "standards" confusion without solving significant
real world problems?  Tim's loyal opposition (mainly Dare, AFAIK)
aren't saying "add more unproven junk into Atom" they're saying  to
not bother with the Atom format standard  since the RSS mess is ugly
but under control; rather focus on an Atom API standard, where worse
is definitely NOT better.

- What do we do with all the "invented" stuff littering up the rest of
the XML world? Arguably the way forward is to take "standards" less
seriously for awhile and let innovation / evolution do its thing. 
Creating an Atom standard in the name of tidying up all that creative
chaos may be sending the wrong message to the people burdened by the
premature standardization of [insert least favorite XML spec here].

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