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   RE: Premature standardization considered harmful (was RE: [SOAP] Committ

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  • From: "John D. Gwinner" <JGwinner@dazsi.com>
  • To: "Box, Don" <dbox@develop.com>, "'SOAP'" <SOAP@DISCUSS.DEVELOP.COM>, <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 14:33:43 -0800


> I think there is a lot of merit to waiting
> until things are fully cooked before applying the weight of a formal
> standards body to a technology.

I agree, but I'd add WITH Implementation; I learned that from VRML.  A spec
can be hashed out quicker in an open process (with some semi-formal
procedures, IMHO), then published as a standard, but it's got to have
working implementation.  VRML did all of this except the last, and it was
barrier to successful user adoption (regardless of discussions about the
merits or lack of the spec itself)

So I'd highly recommend the process work the way it is, but before formal
standardization, ensure a (reference) implementation for all or several
technologies / platforms.  Politically, I think reference implementations on
a flavor of Unix as well as NT would be best of course.

		== John ==

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