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   RE: [xml-dev] When to create a standard (was XQuery and DTD/Schema?)

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Yes, as long as the time to sort out the 
second system syndrome issues are accounted 
for by a process that really and truly sorts 
out new feature "gotta haves" from "neatos".

That is very hard work, to be sure.

Punt from the W3C to ISO through formal 
processes that first establish when a 
specified technology is eligible (eg, 
the time metric you suggest) for parole, 
to a revolving membership committee that 
hears and considers arguments for parole 
which result in a recommendation for and 
against parole that is provided to the 
membership at large on a vote for parole. 

Then ISO has to vote to accept a parolee.  Remember, 
Dr. Goldfarb's admonition:  ISO won't be a rubberstamp, 
so some parolees go back to jail if they are 
repeat offenders.

len (too much time spent looking at public safety problems)

-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan Robie [mailto:jonathan.robie@datadirect-technologies.com]

We would be better off with a process for revisiting W3C specifications 
after some period of time. For instance, perhaps a Recommendation should 
have a lifetime of 3-5 years, after which it is replaced with a real standard.


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