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   RE: [xml-dev] W3C Successes (RE: [xml-dev] W3C Culture and Aims )

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Henry S. Thompson [mailto:ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk] 
> Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2002 2:53 PM
> To: Mike Champion
> Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org; jwrobie@mindspring.com
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] W3C Successes (RE: [xml-dev] W3C 
> Culture and Aims )
> > Hmm, the last of these was more than four years ago.  And 
> both of them 
> > resulted from the W3C's "old" role as a place where vendors 
> can come 
> > together to define interoperability profiles of reasonably 
> > well-understood technologies.
> Um, as regards XML, you're joking, right?  Look at the 
> history.  It's _completely_ unlike HTML, it was way out ahead 
> of what any vendors were thinking about, much less 
> trying-and-failing to interoperate.  It 
> was in fact a lot like XSLT and XML Schema:  real new science 
> was done 
> in the WGs.

Mike's characterization is right on point. Standards bodies work well
when they see their task as the codification of best practices (look at
the C standards org) versus when they consider themselves think-tanks
(XML Schema, XQuery, C++, etc).  

I personally can't look at any W3C recommendation and call it "real new
science" and keep a straight face. I wonder how you can? 

If you want to recapture your youth, cut off his allowance.  
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