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It is your problem and it will matter in ten years.

Keep in mind that the W3C did not invent ninety-nine 
percent of what it is given credit for.  Public 
perception is often misinformation made fact by 
repetition (why googling is a good way to search 
but a disastrous way to denote).  It is very 
often the case that the names on the document do 
not reflect the credit for the work and particularly 
the research.  The Web fouled up, perhaps irremediably, 
scholastic work for some time to come because it only 
references; it does not validate.  That's a license 
to steal, not a mandate to innovate.

But innovation feeds the kitty.  Unless someone 
sits down to carefully think the problem through, 
we get political progress but little else.  We 
get short sighted lurches, but no clear forward 
jumps in evolution.  We get locally elegant 
conceptual neighborhoods, but the inner city, 
the environment is a mess.  Think California. 
Think Silly Valley.

In short, everything right depends on the initial sources 
doing a very good job, accredited or not, because the 
system simply absorbs and implements, good, bad or mediocre 
ideas if they look popular.  What you see in XML starts out years ago far 
away from MIT.  What you see in all the current faddish 
enterprise designs starts out years ago far away from 
Sun, Oracle and Microsoft or ebXML.   That survey on the 
XML Journal web page is not only wrong, it is completely 
bass-ackwards.  That is public perception at work; it 
is a bit like the American Presidential election.  The 
guy with the minority vote takes the office, and then 
leads us straight to economic and political hell, but 
few will stand up and call it what it is: a rip off.

It very much makes a difference what the independent 
developers come up with.  Very much.  After working 
in this field since the early eighties, I can tell 
you with deep conviction that the only thing that 
you can't control very well is how the accomplishments 
are accredited on The Web because it is now a political 
conglomerate of bad journalism and research tied to 
greedy self-aggrandizing poli-sci-wise leaders.  

But you can dang sure turn the boat if you don't care 
about that.  If your mantra, "It isn't my problem" is 
another way of saying, "I don't care", c'est un mal 
geste, n'est pas?  But it WILL matter.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jeni Tennison [mailto:jeni@jenitennison.com]

Oh dear, I'm forgetting a little exercise that I'm supposed to do when
I start getting concerned about this. "It's not my problem. It's not
my problem. It's not my problem. None of this will matter in 10 years


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