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RE: interop, not standards

Nothing to disagree with in the article.  Note:

"But whatever the difficulties in finding a suitable place or places to have
these conversations, now is the time for it. The industry is too young for
standards, but old enough for interoperability. So don't think about
standards yet, but whatever else you think about, think about

He gives a list of people he thinks are worth talking too 
and places where they talk.  So, he chose a means for you 
to choose the means and said what any good standards committee 
member can tell you:  spec until you have enough experience 
to standardize.   That interoperation agreement is a spec. 
Bray says some enlightening things in his Taxi article 
about what it means to create a DTD.

Build simple bridges to allies and defend them.  
I don't think a single standards vet will argue with 
the common sense in that one.  Standards aren't the problem. 

Rick said it:  the issue is the PSVI 
and its relationship to the new specs.


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

-----Original Message-----
From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@simonstl.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2001 2:56 PM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: interop, not standards

Here's an interesting piece:

Starts from the premise:
"Whatever else you think about, think about interoperability. Don't think 
about standards yet."

Not specifically about XML, but about the same landscape.

Simon St.Laurent - Associate Editor, O'Reilly and Associates
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
XHTML: Migrating Toward XML
http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books

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