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Ok, that interpretation is better. It is still
bad policy. Procurement managers must be able
to select the technology that best suits the
technical requirements of the project. The
clear example here is RELAX NG or the ISO DSDL.
Preferring W3C simply because of its purported
industry dominance is unacceptable rationale.
From: Rick Jelliffe [mailto:email@example.com]
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.