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- From: "Frank Boumphrey" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "len bullard" <email@example.com>, "Don Park" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 02:06:45 -0700
Bravo!! Well said!!!
From: len bullard <email@example.com>
To: Don Park <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, April 23, 1998 7:19 PM
Subject: Open Standards Processes (WAS Re: Nesting XML based languages and
>Don Park wrote:
>> What I am saying is this: closed WG like XSL WG should release interim
>> more frequently (i.e. 3 months). I believe I have some probability of
>> competing with a small MS team even if they were given 3 months of lead
>> (after all I do have the strength of ten men and can leap over reasonably
>> tall structures after a good meal ;-). I do not believe I can if they
>> one year of lead time.
>This is an old gripe of mine about the XML process as
>conducted by this effort. It is not open. That has
>troubled me from the beginning because it is an open
>effort to replace an open standard, SGML, with a closed
>standard, XML. It is a horrible precedent even if a successful
>Because as demonstrated amply by WWW projects, running code
>does indeed out-colonize standards efforts, no one can deny
>the need for standards bodies to work with consortiums. It
>is now established practice. Still:
>o Consortia are responsible to their members: companies.
>o ISO is responsible to its members: countries.
>IMO, ISO must be the party that insists on and ensures
>openness because I do not think consortia can to the
>degree which will satisfy your real and legitimate
>VRML has a consortium, but the language standard is ISO.
>o Consortia and list/volunteer labor. Ensures systemic
>o ISO processes for drafting and approving authoritative
> language. Ensures contractual stability.
>o All drafts posted to the web at all times. Anyone can
> read and anyone can contribute. Only a few people edit
> and ISO makes the rules for these people, not the consortia.
> Ensures openness and "a level playing field".
>If people can't work inside that open a system, they should
>not be empowered to draft language, chair committees, or vote.
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