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   RE: Democracy and the Future of SAX

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: Miles Sabin <msabin@cromwellmedia.co.uk>, xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2000 13:08:22 -0500

At 04:17 PM 2/9/00 +0000, Miles Sabin wrote:
>Of course, there might have been things going on in the
>background that haven't surfaced here, but one very striking
>fact about the discussions over the last month or so has been
>a distinct lack of input from, eg. Sun, IBM, Oracle etc. Who's
>to say that they won't go there own way?

Do we always have to pray to the gods of the major vendors to have any hope
of getting real work accomplished?  I'd think SAX (v1) might have put that
myth to rest.  XML isn't so complicated that you need a major corporation
to get real work done.

There is implementation experience available, with real parsers:

>Putting SAX under OASIS' umbrella might significantly reduce
>the liklihood of that happening.

It might increase such likelihood, but it might also cut it off from the
user base that's created it and supported it.  While I realize that David
Megginson must be exhausted from the work, I far prefer his umbrella to
that of a consortium, however friendly.

Simon St.Laurent
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