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Take a look at the Draft Federal Standard for
XML Developers. Note that it prefers W3C specs
over works from other organizations even if the
W3C specs are works in progress. So in a policy
document, the sort of thing Gosling mentions is
From: Rick Jelliffe [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
It would be interesting to know what he means by
"Even worse, standards are getting accepted before they are even written,
which is a truly ridiculous situation. "
That one sounds like a load of crap, at least as far as any of the standards processes
I have seen. I would say the problem is special interests using standards bodies
to block standards that might expose them to liability or cost.