RE: Imprimaturs - W3C and ISO
> Isn't there value in the ISO imprimatur for ISO/IEC 19757-2 > RELAX-NG and ISO/IEC 19757-3 Schematron? > > Do vendors feel these standards are not worthy? I don't know if I'm alone in finding this situation a little strange. How can you have an ISO standard that is layered on top of, and totally-dependent on, a specification (XML) that is controlled by a vendor consortium? But I don't think that affects the answer to... > > So what is holding vendors back from ISO-developed standards? > 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). The fact that it's a spec from outside W3C does influence the thinking, I suspect: W3C are perceived as owning the XML space and anything from outside is seen as being disruptive. An ISO stamp of approval never guarantees commercial success for anything, even if it adds respectability. Michael Kay http://www.saxonica.com/
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