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   Re: [xml-dev] a standards story

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From: "Elliotte Rusty Harold" <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
> The W3C process is sorely lacking a step in the process where
> potential users and implementers have an opportunity to reject an
> entire spec and send it back to the drawing board, even without the
> working group's consent.

It's sorely lacking only for those of us who would use the opportunity to
veto.  For those on the other side of the W3C fence, I suspect that they see
no lack at all...

Of course, we always have a sort of veto power, regardless of the W3C.  The
problem is that the XML community does not band together to express a united
opinion of "we will not use this as it is".  If we were to do this
effectively, the W3C (and other organizations) would rework their spec of
their own accord or end up with a standard that no one uses.

Maybe we should start up a public polling/grading site called
"XMLCommonVoice.com" that allows anyone to grade, critique, etc. a given
standard.  Others can evaluate the public acceptance of the standard with
this site to help decide whether they want to use it or pass it over.  We
will effectively veto bad standards by expressing a public, common opinion
about that standard.  In a sense, this is no different than the
"presidential approval ratings" we hear in the news all the time.  If the
president has high approval, he has good backing and a prolonged future.  If
his rating is low, he's dumped at the first chance the people get...

Seairth Jacobs

p.s. As a side note, this is somewhat related (though indirectly) to another
group/community we are talking about creating.  For those interested, join
the new YahooGroups "NewXMLGroup" group and help out.


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