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   Re: who's on the XML WG?

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  • From: len bullard <cbullard@hiwaay.net>
  • To: Rick Jelliffe <ricko@allette.com.au>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Mar 1999 04:05:40 -0600

Rick Jelliffe wrote:
> Lisa Rein wrote:
> >>
> >> yes the cloak and dagger stuff is amusing, isn't it. yet necessary.
> I think there should be more secrecy, not less. Look at our impatience
> at waiting 2 or more years for links, for example: the WGs are cruel
> vixen toying with us.

If we are looking to the animal kingdom for examples, the W3C is  
evolving like armadillos:  timid animals that slowly go their own 
way.  When faced with predators, they roll up into a ball and depend 
on their hard shell to protect them.  It works until the predator 
is a speeding truck.

On a different thread and because it is 3:57AM here, people are 
speculating about why XML isn't taking off:

1.  For a technology to emerge quickly, there has to be a need 
for it, perceived or otherwise, not already being done well 
enough by other technologies.  In the case of text management, 
relational systems augmented by technololgies such as DHTML, 
IIS, and ADO are solving most of the near term problems.  IOW, 
for the immediate needs which occupy the implementors' attention, 
they have working and relatively new solutions.

2.  Industries that could take advantage of XML technologies 
and other web technologies are wrestling with the economic 
models that drive their businesses.  The per-seat cost must 
support the bottom line.  If webTech is perceived as a source 
of lite applications which will erode that product model, they 
will be resisted.  

It isn't the complexity of XML.  Truth is, it isn't that complex. 
It is the fit.  XML technologists and sales people have to 
look to markets where the fit is good but the traditional 
vendors are resisting, then create niches in those markets 
where the force of syntax unification becomes an irresistable 
feature such that adoption becomes necessary to win new 
business and retain upgrade contracts.


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