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RE: Why 90 percent of XML standards will fail

Ok.  Then UDDI is a standard and Ed was 
wretching for his own ed-ification.  In 
fact, the Microsoft SDK is a standard too. 
This email specifies it as such and 
since there are no qualifications one 
should meet to be an authority to specifying 
that, you are now expected to comply 
with this email and implement your 
next project in compliance with the 
standard SDK.

Great.  Interoperability problems all 
solved with a spec that weighs considerably 
less than XML 1.0.


Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: Benjamin Franz [mailto:snowhare@nihongo.org]
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2001 9:48 AM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: RE: Why 90 percent of XML standards will fail

On Tue, 27 Feb 2001, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

> That's why some people are and have always 
> been "sensitive" when the term "standard" 
> is applied to W3C specifications.

"If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck..."

I am at a loss. In what respect *AREN'T* the W3C specs _standards_?

Is this an example of 'standards snobbery' where unless it is by the
ISO/ANSI/some-other-organization-with-'S'-in-its-acronym it can't be a
"real" standard? (Huge clue - standards existed before standards
organizations did).

Or is it 'political sensitivity' to companies (not naming any names) that
are adverse to participating in a process that generates standards which
they don't want to 100% conform to, but which they want to claim they
support? So they can avoid being beat up for non-compliance with the

Either way - it's complete nonsense. By any generally accepted use of the
word 'standard', the W3C specs *ARE* standards. Just because you don't
*call* a duck, 'a duck', doesn't mean it isn't a duck.

Benjamin Franz

... with proper design, the features come cheaply. This 
approach is arduous, but continues to succeed.

                                     ---Dennis Ritchie

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