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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
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 ]