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CALS tried the strong arm approach. Didn't work.
Just made for sore arms and bad business.
How would one know when one had a "complete set of
From: Mike Champion [mailto:email@example.com]
GAO says XML not ready for extensive government use
'The absence of a complete set of XML standards poses potential development pitfalls "that
could limit its potential to facilitate broad information exchange or adversely affect
interoperability," the agency said. The lack of complete standards could prompt agencies to
develop their own data definitions and proprietary extensions and make changes that could hurt
The strong leadership approach advocated by the GAO is not too dissimilar from what occurs in
the private sector, said Rob Perry, an analyst at The Yankee Group in Boston. In specific
industries, large companies such as an automobile maker often mandate XML standards for
business partners. "Somebody in the government has to say, This is the format that we're going
to use,? " he said." '