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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) [mailto:clbullar@ingr.com] 
> I'm not saying you are wrong, just that there can be a lot of
> expense  and time lost working out a schema that satisfies
> multiple 
> requirements 
> for multiple parties and that the schema itself can forge 
> chains on the 
> business relationships that give nimbler competitors 
> advantages.  Losses either way.

One of the things that helped kill the expert system industry was
the (multi-dimensional) cost of extracting knowledge from experts.
Another thing was that an expert group is not usually an internally
consistent body of knowledge. If part of the work building reusable
XML vocabularies for commerce is extracting domain specific
knowledge, then it's going to be tough to realise a return. 

> It is easier to learn an API with a few calls, each of which 
> does a lot, 
> or understand how the same set of primitive calls (eg, HTTP) 
> are organized 
> to achieve the same goal?

I observe that ease of use is ultimately cultural or tribal. Think
about learning languages. Is it easier to learn a language that
uses ideograms or an alphabetic as primitives? 

Bill de hÓra

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