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   Re: [xml-dev] Open Standards Organization

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On Wednesday 15 May 2002 11:11, you wrote:
> 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 it).


> 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 d'etre.
> 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
> published. b) Collaborative work can be hosted.

I'm putting together a 'collaboration on standards' system over at Open 
Research - sort of a bog standard discussion system with special support for 
producing documents and voting.

Feel free to post features you'd particularly like to the list. We're 
debating the format for documents (DocBook?), metadata to attach to them 
(Dublin Core in RDF?), and procedural issues of how many people need to vote 
for a document to become a Recommendation to make it so etc.

The system would manage an online library automagically - documents that get 
voted in are awarded with a URI for RDF statements that, when GETted, returns 
an RDDF/XHTML document listing the metadata and linking to the files that 
make up the document (XML sources, stylesheets, resulting HTML).

> 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...

I can do hosting! But my HTML is *ugly*...

> Cheers,
> Matt


                               Alaric B. Snell
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