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- From: Gavin Thomas Nicol <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2000 02:59:28 -0400
> However, if the W3C is to be a research lab for the web,
> it has to be free to try some things that are not
> proven technology.
Sure, but not by peddling pseudo-standards like RDF.
>In 1997, most people I talked to about XML query languages
>thought the whole idea was a crock. Today, the idea seems to
>have caught fire. The XQL folks and the XML-QL folks
>were investigating this area before it was clear to
>most people that it would be worthwhile.
That's pretty specious. People had been doing XML/SGML
query languages *way* before XQL. Hell's teeth, there were
excellent query languages in existence *before XML* even.
I think a lot of people you talked to thought *XQL*
was a crock.
>HTML and HTTP also had plenty of critics in their
They still do. Both succeeded due to simplicity and
hype. They are examples of the market making the standard,
not the standards committees.