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RE: Open the window and close the door

Finally, the real difference between specifications and 

Specification - implement this.  If this doesn't work, 
come back and adjust the specification.

Standard - implement this.  If this doesn't work, go 
back and adjust the implementation.

The specification has to care.  The standard doesn't. 
You figure out what open means.


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

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric van der Vlist [mailto:vdv@dyomedea.com]
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2001 1:41 PM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Open the window and close the door

For a software, being open means using open standards to define the
interfaces with other products making them plugable with your

Sadly, this seems to be a weak strategy since the biggest vendors of
today have built their strength on the opposite one.

For a standard (or pseudo standard), being open means that anyone
(willing to pay an entrance fee) can participate and that the anyone
else may still have a look through the window.

A standard can be both open (in the standard meaning) and closed (in the
software meaning), but is it really the good strategy for a standard?

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