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At 05:29 PM 5/13/2002 +0200, Matthew Gertner wrote:
>Does anyone have any suggestions about how to achieve any of these points?
>I'd be particularly interested if someone who is in the open source
>community could comment on 3), since I'm inexperienced with the intricate
>politics of the open source world. I think we achieve 4) quite easily if a
>few prominent people from this list get involved, and if they are leading
>lights of the XML world this will help with 5) as well.
Start by figuring out who you want to implement these standards and who you
think the ultimate users will be, and what the added benefit will be for
the targeted audience.
Do you need multiple compatible implementations of a standard, or do you
just want to develop open source software?
Do you need new standards, or do you just want to promote the use of, say,
XML 1.0, XPath 1.0, or RELAX-NG?
Is there an existing body that is a natural home to what you want to
Does it matter if no major vendor directly supports your standards? Do you
need to interoperate with existing standards bodies in some way? Do you
have an identifiable turf that is not already owned by an existing
standards body? If these things are important goals, someone should figure
out how SAX managed to become pervasive without coming from the bigger
companies or standards bodies.
None of these are leading questions. They are just questions I would want
to answer if I were starting down this road.