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   The Wheels Are Grinding (Was RE: [xml-dev] XML 1.0 (3rd Edition) (Was: X

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There is a lot to be said for a framework in 
which technology incubators like the W3C handle 
the specifications of products almost ready 
for prime time and standards process managers 
like ISO handle the now-prime-time soon to be 
next seasons rerun documents.

Inner wheel turns fast; outer wheel turns 
slow.  The teeth must mesh with as little 
friction as can be managed, but yes, something 
like that arrangement would free the inner wheel 
of managing too many communications and therefore, 
get back to cranking out running code by rough 
consensus.   This is something for the powers 
beyond the maillists to think about seriously.

My employers aren't appalled; sometimes they 
are quietly thrilled.  Other times, they 
just yawn.


-----Original Message-----
From: Champion, Mike [mailto:Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com]

Truly random digression:  Now that the ISO has taken on the task of
rationalizing and standardizing the various alternative XML schema languages
(see http://xml.coverpages.org/ni2001-12-13-a.html) I wonder whether there
is any hope of THEM defining an International Standard that incorporates
some sensible combination of XML 1.0, xml:base, and Namespaces .... 

Methinks I'm a gonna get flamed for that thought ...my only defense is too
many late nights and early mornings communing with XML geeks in Orlando ...
nevertheless, Ken Holman announced the ISO DSDL development at XML 2001 last
night, and several beers later there was some buzz that maybe we're ready
for "Spec Wars II: ISO Strikes Back" now that the Rebel Alliance has gotten
complacent and bureaucratic.  <grin> 

[usual disclaimer: my employers may be even more appalled than usual about
these ravings ]


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