Re: Where is XML going
At the risk of starting an argument here (not that any of us would do that ;-) I suspect the problem comes with the definition of open, which is, to put it somewhat ironically, very open to interpretation.
For many of those people working in the XML space, the evolution of HTML5 in particular has become frustrating, because there has generally been very little attempt on the part of the HTML5 working group to reach out to the XML groups and find points of commonality. The discussions that have been ignited in the past couple of weeks in great part by James Clark's blog post have raised some critical questions - are there points where XML and JSON can coexist or overlap, are there ways that XML can be introduced as a first class data type in line with strings, numbers and arrays, are there things that the XML community can do to help bridge the domain between the client world and the server one? I for one was a big champion of E4X, which i believed had a potential to BE that bridge, but that direction was cut short on the Mozilla side, and was never taken up elsewhere beyond ActiveScript (admittedly in part due to the resistance on the part of certain other browser vendors).
Regarding the closed nature of the XSLT2 discussion at TPAC, I don't know for sure. Certainly, the discussions regarding XSLT2 have been available on a public forum as is the case with most W3C standards in development. My suspicion is that the issues may have been due to a need to discuss potential patent conflicts, but I'd refer such questions directly to the XSLT working group. I do know that the HTML5 group has been similarly closed about both its development proposals and about involvement beyond a fixed group of people, most of whom share one particular interpretation of what HTML should be. Having said that, I think it ill-serves either group to ignore the other, when each has so much to offer.
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On Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 7:49 PM, Henri Sivonen <email@example.com> wrote:
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