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

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In a message dated 25/04/02 09:09:50 GMT Daylight Time, michael.h.kay@ntlworld.com writes:

I think there's another reason as well: I wasn't involved with XSLT at the
time, but my impression has always been that the original WG worked in a
rather different way from most standards groups. I may be simplifying, but
it operated, as far as I can tell, with one person (James Clark) as the
acknowledged chief designer, and the rest of the group acting primarily in a
supporting role. That's a good model for achieving high quality and high
productivity, but the organizational structures we use don't encourage it.


I don't disagree with you about short-term productivity.

However, if another model had been applied in the XSL WG at the time, would we have ended up with XPath, DOM and Infoset? With a more holistic / less personality driven approach might we not have had fewer loose ends which need(ed) to be tidied?

I assume that it is at least partly to avoid a repetition of such situations that the TAG was set up.

Andrew Watt


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