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Re: Why 90 percent of XML standards will fail

On Tue, 27 Feb 2001, Benjamin Franz wrote:

> I'm sorry. It's a duck. Political cover for people who choose not to
> *conform* to standards while claiming to support them isn't a good reason
> to twist the language. Commonality of usage of terms is a *fundamental*
> basis for communication. Down the road of 'a word means precisely what I
> want it to mean, neither more nor less' lays Alice. What happens when *I*
> redefine the word 'recommendation' to mean 'to go down the rabbit hole'?

Its a politics issue. If the W3C were not a vendor organisation we'd
probably all be willing to call them standards. While they remain a boy's
club, I'd prefer to call them recommendations.


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