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   Re: PC Week on "Why XML is Failing" ?????

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  • From: "KenNorth" <KenNorth@email.msn.com>
  • To: <karl.best@oasis-open.org>, <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2000 17:41:08 -0700

John Taschek wrote:
"BizTalk and OASIS aim to use standards-based markup languages ... to help
companies develop a standard way of talking to each other."

Karl Best wrote:
> He just doesn't get it.


Let's not all jump on this bandwagon (shoot the messenger)! I read the
article and included an excerpt above. The excerpt clearly indicates John
Taschek understands the concept of markup languages (plural) -- as opposed
to a singular XML standard for e-commerce.

As for the example of the auto industry B2B exchanges, what he said in
essence was participants in those exchanges will develop proprietary
industry-specific schemas. He sees that as a loss for ebXML (OASIS) and
BizTalk. Looking at this objectively, that's probably true. It would be
beneficial if the auto industry was developing schemas in the context of a
working group in a standards body -- and sharing expertise such as
conceptual modeling with participants from other industries.

Before we publicly question someone's knowledge or ability, don't we have a
responsibility to check our facts? Your message criticizes ZDNet and the
press, but (in my mind) you don't really make a case for why John Taschek
should be painted with the broad brush you are using on other writers (not
understanding the distinction between metalanguage and language).

(By the way, the headline of those articles is often the choice of an
editor, not the author.)

================== Ken North =============================
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