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> 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).
> 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 a metagoal:
> 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 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 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...

You forgot the most important thing.  Item 0.  You need a name (preferably not a silly abbreviation).  After all, the goal is, in part, evangelical, right?  What evangel would venture into the world without a Name to invoke?

I suggest "XML Core" as being just cheeky enough.

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