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- From: "Didier PH Martin" <email@example.com>
- To: "'XML Dev'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 11:48:35 -0400
Thanks for giving more info about W3C composition. You stated that w3c makes
specs and this is right but a lot of people treats this as "standard".
You also said that some of these specs are brought to ISO for
standardization. Good, more of them should follow the same path ;-)
It seems that we need more and more a good map of different "standard"
institutions and be careful of where we put the tag "standard" and what's
behind this word.
> I don't think it is fair to say that no Americans can help produce
> internationalised specifications. People like Francois Yergeau, Glenn
> Adams and Gavin Nicol (three of the four authors of RFC2070,
> "Internationalization of the HyperText Markup Language") are all based
> in the Americas (USA and Canada). [The fourth author was Martin Durst,
> who is Swiss and works for W3C, out of the Japanese host institution.]
I understand your point but isn't RFC2070 under IETF?
> d) ISO is an international organism with representative from different
> countries. But ISO weight seems to be less and less significant.
> ISO represents governments, not the international community at large.
> For example. Tibetan is a language, but was not added into ISO 10646
> because Tibet is ruled by China. Only when the Unicode consortium became
> involved were the characters needed for non-governmental scripts added.
> (By way of an example).
> I don't think ISO is insignificant, but it does seem to work best when
> taking existing well implemented specifications and performing editorial
> clarifications rather than de-novo technical work.
Thank for the precision. You are very right on this. ISO represent
governments not necessarily communities or conquered countries. I also agree
on ISO Speed of action (very slow). We also tend to forget ( the public)
what ISO is and what the word "standard" means, or what behind a word like
So, with this perpective should we say that instead of talking of "standard"
for a lot of actual technologies we should instead talk of "proposal" or
Thanks Chris for bringing more info on what's behind W3C.
Didier PH Martin
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