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   Re: W3C XML Schema Questionaire

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  • From: Jonathan Robie <Jonathan.Robie@softwareag-usa.com>
  • To: Amy Lewis <amyzing@talsever.com>, xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2000 07:10:27 -0500

At 08:27 PM 7/6/00 -0400, Amy Lewis wrote:
>With all due respect,
>On Thu, Jul 06, 2000 at 01:47:39PM -0500, Jonathan Robie wrote:
> >
> >7.  How important is it to release Schema quickly?
> >
> >[  ]  It is vital to ship Schema quickly, even if there are flaws.
> >[  ]  It is vital to make sure Schema is good, even if it takes longer.
>... this is a seriously flawed question.
>Is *anyone* going to answer that it's okay to have "flaws"?

In fact, there are enough people marking the first choice to make me think 
this is probably measuring what I wanted it to measure -- whether it is 
more important to make sure that we have all the potential flaws resolved, 
or to ship schema quickly for the people who are waiting for it. I think I 
also see correlations between this question and the way people answer other 
related questions, which gives me some confidence. I will examine this 
again when I have more results in.

But you can feel free to modify any question on the questionaire, or to add 
comments so that you can say what you really want to get across.

>This is
>the kind of argument that us developers use with managers, and as the
>managers always answer, so I'll transform the question:
>[  ] It is vital to ship Schema quickly, even if it is less complete.
>[  ] It is vital to quickly ship an extensible base Schema set with a
>clear path for further additions and developments.
>[  ] It is vital to ship Schema by <date>          </date>, in a form
>that may be regarded as complete (for some value of "complete", please
>specify:                                                             ).
>[  ] It is vital to delay the shipment of Schema until it is considered
>complete by <percentage>   </percentage> of the developer community.

I think that my other questions give people a chance to indicate how soon 
they need Schema, whether they think it should be simplified, etc. There is 
no question for schema extensibility. I think that's a good question, but I 
don't want to reissue the questionaire at this point unless I see real 

Keep those questionaires coming - I am seeing some interesting surprises in 
the ways people are responding to this, and I do think we will learn a lot 
from this exercise.


PS  I've gotten several emails asking for partial results. That might 
influence the results, and I want to keep this as objective as possible.

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