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Re: Why 90 percent of XML standards will fail
- From: Michael Smith <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 12:57:15 -0800
Tim Bray <email@example.com> writes:
> Supposed to be on ZDNet somewhere, but I saw it on Yahoo. The guy's
> right, of course, but remember Theodore Sturgeon's Law of Popular Art
> Forms, which extends nicely to XML (or any other) standards; it says:
> "95% of everything is crap".
Seems like another article of the sort intended mostly to provoke
responses: lots of general opinions, little specific information to
support them, and nothing about which specific standards he feels are
flawed and/or doomed to failure. And to me at least, the following
bits seem as provocative as the title.
A standards organization has to align with the real strategic
imperatives of major companies if it hopes to see useful
implementations of its work. I see very little of this in the XML
efforts underway. [...]
There are only two abiding sources of XML standards. The first is
the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) [...] The second source is
credible vendor that creates publicly available XML formats and
protocols as part of meaningful products. Ariba and Microsoft are in
this category at the moment.
[...] the net effect of XML standards has been to slow adoption of
XML products and technology.