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   RE: [xml-dev] frustration (was RE: [xml-dev] XPath 2.0 )

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On Mon, 2002-05-13 at 14:57, Matthew Gertner wrote:
> Great!
> For what it's worth, the only standards effort I participate in actively is
> under the aegis of OASIS. The organization certainly doesn't feel hijacked
> by enterprise interests... it feels much more like a dedicated group of
> smart individuals with a huge amount of XML knowledge (myself excluded, of
> course ;-) trying to create the best technical solution possible. The
> advantages of OASIS over the W3C are tangible: individual membership
> available for $250/year, and a completely open process with public email
> archives (you need to be a member to post to TC or SC lists, however, to
> prevent information overload).

Yes, these are aspects of OASIS which I like as well :-) ...

What I don't like that much is the fact that OASIS is (not unlike the
W3C) a consortium of industrials. Although not a bad thing by itself (we
need such consortiums), it's not a place where I feel "at home" as an
individual and the fact that I have no right to vote for anything nor to
be ellected reminds me regularly that I don't really belong there :-(

A thing which could be borrowed from OASIS is the mix between a relative
freedom for each of the technical commitee as long as they agree on
respecting some basic organizational rules with a greater formalism as
soon as the TC considers its work finished and require the "stamp" of
the organization.

The best possible organization for me would be one which would leave
people alone (ala sourceforge) if they want to but also provide them
with assistance when they need and perform a quality control on the
specs which want to have an official status. This would probably require
some kind of merit based TAG.

See you in Barcelona.
Eric van der Vlist       http://xmlfr.org            http://dyomedea.com
http://xsltunit.org      http://4xt.org           http://examplotron.org


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