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- Subject: Re: [xml-dev] The truth about standards...
- From: "Rick Jelliffe" <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2002 13:20:24 +1100
- References: <232810-2200211421163918614@M2W031.mail2web.com>
> That is absolutely correct - but I would like to respectfully emphasis that
> this document is not intended as a standard, but simply as a series of
> guidelines. Therefore, it is not considered policy in any way.
From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) firstname.lastname@example.org
> 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
> indeed happening.
No, I still cannot see it. Gosling/Len says that standards are
accepted before they are created. The Draft Fed Standard
says to use W3C Recommendations and check for
Proposed Recommendations: a Proposed Recommendation
is a (three-month) window, when the technology is no
longer a work-in-progress but finalized. Last Call is over,
and the issue is just one of status. If they said
to favour Candidate Recommendations, it might be
a different matter. The allowance for checking Proposed
Recommendations would just prevent embarrassment.