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RE: W3C press release: comments on standard-setting


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ken North [
> Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2001 12:53 PM
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: W3C press release: comments on standard-setting
> Previously we discussed standards, and there were comments about
> W3C being a technology incubator, not a standards organization.
> That is not the current thinking at W3C --

I've ranted about this enough that I don't want to start again ... but
XML 1.0 is a "Recommendation" and XML Schema is about to be a
"Recommendation".  XML 1.0 *is* a 35-page, well-understood, de-facto
standard whose interoperability "gotchas" are well charted.
Schema is a 250-page excursion into Terra Incognita as far as real-world
interoperability of the nastier bits is concerned.
I'm OK with the idea of the W3C "incubating" the Schema spec to the next
level, but doesn't calling it a "standard" that can stand alongside XML 1.0
demean the value of the term?  If Schema is a Recommendation, shouldn't XML 1.0 be
something more, like a "Strong Recommendation" or "W3C Standard" or something?