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RE: Excellent Insight on Standards Development vs Invention

  • To: "Michael Kay" <mike@s...>,"Dare Obasanjo" <dareo@m...>,"Michael Champion" <michaelc.champion@g...>,<xml-dev@l...>
  • Subject: RE: Excellent Insight on Standards Development vs Invention
  • From: "Joshua Allen" <joshuaa@m...>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004 14:37:06 -0800
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  • Thread-topic: Excellent Insight on Standards Development vs Invention

ms word vs. xml
> > > >RSS is the most successful application of XML to date

> I think I first need to know your measure of "success".

True; context is important.  I think it is fair to restrict to apps
which directly produce/consume XML and for which this is a critical
implementation detail.  And then when I say "success", I measure in
terms of end-users who use the app on a daily basis; in terms of total
number and in terms of breadth.

If you took a random sample of 10,000 people, how many would use an app
that relies on RSS on a daily basis?  Then how many of them would use
any other app that is actually consuming or producing XML?  (And I don't
think MS Word qualifies; although it *can* produce XML, I still think
people use that functionality a lot less in aggregate than RSS).


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