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   Re: [xml-dev] What is a rational user to do? (was RE: [xml-dev] xsd vali

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Mike Champion <mc@xegesis.org> writes:

> How can rational people leverage XML's benefits without
> waiting for Godot to arrive with the Official Inter-Office
> Information Exchange schema in hand?  Y'all snickered 
> when I suggested that public agencies were any more rational
> about resolving minor differences in data format specs than
> the RSS factions are, so I presume that "do something sensible
> to get local agreements and let the global standards bodies
> fight" is not a viable option ... or is that wrong?

Well, one real-world example with real impact suggests it _is_ viable
option -- the National Health Service in Scotland has already deployed
W3C XML Schema-based distributed support for a range of
doctor<->hospital interactions.  The umbrella UK NHS is well on their
way to a similar deployment.  They achieved this by the time-honoured
route of getting requirements from the users, contracting development
(of architecture and schemas) to consultants, and involving vendors in
an advisory role from the beginning, so they were able to implement
what the consultants delivered.  The whole was overseen by a group
with representatives from all the relevant constituencies.


P.S.  I played no role in any of the above until after it was already
well under way.
  Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh
          W3C Fellow 1999--2002, part-time member of W3C Team
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