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  • From: David Brownell <db@Eng.Sun.COM>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Wed, 03 Mar 1999 12:42:09 -0800

There seems to have been some confusion regarding what Sun is trying
to do with its Java Specification Request for an XML Extension to the
Java Platform.

A Java Specification Request (JSR) is a request to develop a
specification; it is not a specification in itself.  What we did
a week ago is ask for comments regarding this proposal to begin
work on such an XML Extension specification.  If this is approved,
we will then follow the Java Community Process as described at
http://developer.java.sun.com/developer/jcp/ to actually develop
that specification.

The Java Community Process is an open, inclusive process and we
look forward to the active particpation of all interested parties.

The process goes forward in several steps:

[1] The JSR is presented for comment (as you've seen)
[2] The JSR is approved (we hope)
[3] An expert group is formed to write the specification; this
    begins with a "Call for Experts" (CAFE) to participate.
[4] The expert group writes a first draft of the specification
[5] The draft is circulated to all Java technology licensees and
    Participants in the Java Community Process.
[6] Comments are collected, read, and responded to by the expert
    group, resulting in an improved specification.
[7] The refined specification is then released to the public for
[8] Comments from the public are collected, read, and responded
    to by the expert group, resulting in more refinements.
[9] The final specification is produced by the expert group, along
    with a reference implementation and compatibility tests.

The key point is that everyone with internet access will get a
chance to review and comment on the emerging specification.

Note that the xml-dev community has already had input into the
proposed specification as evidenced by the referencing of the
SAX specification in the JSR as one of the starting documents.
Other specifications could be adopted by the expert group.

We look forward to the continued participation of the xml-dev
community in this work.

- Dave

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