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Re: Why 90 percent of XML standards will fail
- From: "Christopher R. Maden" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 22:28:39 -0800
At 09:28 27-02-2001, Benjamin Franz wrote:
>No one *FORCES* me to comply with the IETF's RFCs (Request For Comments,
>anyone? More political cover for its originating era...), either. (That
>would be treading on the ground of *law*, not standards, BTW - and perhaps
>that is what you believe 'a standard' is - a standard with the force of
>the legal system behind it via trademark or other IP based enforcement
>mechanism. If so, you are mistaken.).
That's exactly what a Standard is. The situation is a little weaker in the
US, but in many countries ISO Standards *do* have the force of law. ANSI
is an independent organization, but the ISO representatives from other
countries are often government bodies.
The use of "standard" with a small s isn't as big a deal, but it's still
useful, IMO, to distinguish between standards produced by international or
open organizations (ISO, IETF) and specifications (my preferred generic
term) produced by industry consortia (W3C, OMG, OSF).
Christopher R. Maden, XML Consultant
<URL: http://crism.maden.org/consulting/ >