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Well, the major reason the W3C got so many responses about the RAND issues was
because the story eventually ran on everyone's favorite technology tabloid
which also happens to have a strong anti-software patent bias amongst its
editors and its readers.
It is unlikely that the one can generate the same level of feedback amongst
the average users of XML with regards to XQuery not having updates without
resorting to sensationalism (e.g. the W3C's standards are now so complex and
yet so unfunctional that it is unlikely that the average business will be able
to understand how to use them to do anything useful without needing overpaid
consultants or overpriced GUI tools provided by the companies that are behind
most of the standards) .
I'm pretty sure such outlandish conspiracy theories would garner some
responses, whether or not they'd be constructive is another thing.
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All crones with the ability to prophesy will be given free facelifts,
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well destroy their credibility.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Champion, Mike" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>
Sent: Sunday, December 23, 2001 9:22 AM
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] W3C's five new XQuery/Xpath2 working drafts - Still
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Jens Jakob Andersen, PDI [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> > Sent: Sunday, December 23, 2001 11:54 AM
> > To: Massimo Marchiori; email@example.com
> > Subject: SV: [xml-dev] W3C's five new XQuery/Xpath2 working drafts -
> > Still missing Updates
> > Importance: High
> > I find that XQuery, coming from the document world very much forgets
> > about the database world, and this is one of the largest inhibitors of
> > XQuery success.
> Hmmm. I agree with your prescription, but not your diagnosis. Look at the
> list of editors at http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/WD-xquery-20011220/, Google a
> few of them , and and then tell me that these folks "forget about the
> database world." <grin>
> Anyway, I [personally, the corporate line may be different] agree that
> XQuery badly needs update support sooner rather than later. I can't
> imagine that people feel as strongly about this issue as they do about
> patents, but look what happened when the rest of the world told the W3C that
> the patent policy working group was going down an unacceptable path
> [shameless self-promotion: see
> http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2001/12/19/patents.html]. If enough people make
> this point to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, then the W3C (either the
> working group or the advisory committee) will surely see the light.
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