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   SAX and Standards Bodies (was Streaming XML?)

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 12:48:36 -0500 (EST)

Tim.Shaw@wdr.com writes:

 > I nearly jumped in early in this conversation to agree with the
 > 'others' - ie the SAX approach is just as important as DOM and the
 > 2 should both be of similar (standards) status.

Thank you very much for the suggestion (and for the implicit vote of
support), but I'm afraid that handing SAX over to a standards body
would be its doom.

Right now, SAX is an open spec designed in public view on the XML-Dev
mailing list -- we all get to see each-others' unpolished, stupid
ideas as soon as they emerge, and we knock them back and forth until
they look like something.  

The alternative would be to hand SAX over to a standards body that
might or might not set up a working group, that might or might not in
a year or two put out a working draft, that almost certainly wouldn't
look anything like the SAX we all know today.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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