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   RE: [xml-dev] "Phase Relationships in the Standardization Process"

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Which is why W3C issued specifications until someone 
discovered that standards have more clout.  It was 
easier to dilute the meaning of the terms than to 
accept the limits of useful authority.  Ambition outs 
semantic indifference.

The technical writer talked to me about our "bleeding 
edge technology".  I told her we didn't do that and 
didn't want to, and furthermore, our customers don't 
want us to.   They want something that works reliably. 
There is a lot more interest in meat and potatoes 
programming than bleeding edge tech this side of 
the news media and naive investors.

If anyone wants to do this right, do as suggested: 

1.  Put the W3C in a cog position inside a set of gears 
    where ISO is the outermost wheel and the slowest.   

2.  Send your technologists to the W3C.

3.  Send your marketing technical wonks to ISO.

That will work.  The right people will be in the 
right place at the right time to do the right job.


-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Champion [mailto:mc@xegesis.org]

This is probably ancient news to some of you, but James Gosling, in 1990 
http://java.sun.com/people/jag/StandardsPhases/index.html writes:

"For a standard to be usefully formed, the technology needs to be understood: 
technological interest needs to be waning. But if political interest in a standard 
becomes too large, the various parties have too much at stake in their own vested 
interest to be flexible enough to accommodate the unified view that a standard 

The sad truth about the computer industry these days [!] is that it is this last 
case that is dominating a broad range of standards activities. Standards are 
regularly created and adopted before anyone has performed the experiments necessary 
to determine if they are sensible. Even worse, standards are getting accepted 
before they are even written, which is a truly ridiculous situation.

The result of this is a tremendous disservice to both users and consumers of 
technology. Users get poor quality technology, and because of the standards 
process, they're stuck with it."


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