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RE: Why 90 percent of XML standards will fail

At 12:37 PM -0500 2/27/01, Frank Richards wrote:
>I agree with your point, but find disingenuous a little strong. If nothing
>else there's a nice ring to the hierarchy:
>The ISO and it's ilk, blessed by law and treaty come up with legalistic (and
>legal) 'standards'.
>The corporations of the w3c come up with (hopefully) comprehensive, well
>defined, but 'make it work' oriented 'recommendations'.
>And the IETF, open to anyone who will work, generates 'Requests for comment'
>by 'rough consensus and running code.'

But the IETF does produce standards. Not all RFCs become IETF 
standards, but some do. See http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/std-index.html 
for the current list of about 60 different IETF standards, including 
some very important ones like IP, TCP, and UDP.

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