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   RE: [xml-dev] XDocs and XForms?

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It is one thing to be an XML consultant.  It 
can be quite another to be an XML application 

You may be creating standards.  Standards creation 
is always a *hopeful* activity.   Others are 
simply coming up with a tag set for their 
software, maybe a few others, to consume.  

From time to time, they might bother to lookup 
what others in their industry are doing and 
adopt some tags from them.  If they are very 
careful, they will even use the namespaces to 
tell you where they borrowed them.

Somehow you simply must come to grips with the 
fact that not everyone working with XML is 
creating a standard or intends to use the web for 
more than plumbing if at all.  Global 
interoperation of their application based on 
exposing their semantics to competitors eliminates 
their market.  They intend to compete, not comply.


From: Paul Prescod [mailto:paul@prescod.net]

Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> Sounds like even more wishful thinking.
> The main point of competition is now not in
> the markup languages, but in the system 
> libraries from which we build the components. 
> Most of us build software; XML tag design 
> is an incidental activity.

The creation of standards is an incidental activity? I don't really know 
how to respond to that. It sort of goes against everything I've observed 
over the last couple of decades so perhaps it isn't worth trying to 
bridge the gap.

  Paul Prescod


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