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Title: RE: [xml-dev] Fwd: (void) XML sucks
Okay, here's where
I get to pull a Ross Perot and say that response to the suggestion of creating
an alternative open standards organization has been so overwhelming that,
against my will, I am forced to pursue it. None of this is entirely true, since
I"m actually excited about pursuing this possibility and the response has been
significant, but not overwhelming. At the same time, I don't think we need
400,000 people involved to give this a go (4 is more like
Based on feedback,
I would suggest the following goals (in order of priority):
1) Identify a core
set of recommended XML specifications.
2) Identify or
create subsets of certain specifications if the existing specs are needlessly
complex (starting with XML itself).
3) Create new specs
to fill in the gaps.
To this I would add
4) Evangelize the
recommended set of specifications or specification subsets to development
organizations in order to promote adoption.
Without 4), the
whole effort is going to remain an academic exercise. Luckily, a lot of
outspoken individuals have expressed interest.
As next steps I
would propose the following:
1) Set up a mailing
list for discussion among interested parties.
2) Write a
manifesto describing the organization's goals and raison
3) Create a charter
that describes the organization's structure, decision-making procedures, etc. I
would use the Apache Group as the model for this, assuming this is appropriate
(need to research this more).
4) Create a website
where (once again, in order of priority):
a) The manifesto and initial list of recommended specs can be
b) Collaborative work can be hosted.
I would appreciate
any comments, encouragement and offers of help (many thanks already to those who
have provided one or more of these). Existing offers to help with hosting and/or
web design are hereby gladly accepted (personally I couldn't design a website to
save my life). For everyone else, stay tuned...