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   RE: [xml-dev] RDF and the new releases

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At 5:41 PM +0100 11/24/02, Danny Ayers wrote:

>  s been substantial criticism here and elsewhere, and no-one in their
>right might would say that RDF hasn't got it's faults. But I'm afraid the
>screaming voices are largely in your head. There has also been a lot said in
>favour of RDF - but perhaps you haven't heard those voices through the

I've heard those voices too. However, my point is that the voices in 
opposition should carry more weight than the voices in support. If 
opinions are divided 50/50, don't issue the spec. People can continue 
to work with, develop and experiment with the technologies in order 
to convince the doubters. However, it is not appropriate to 
standardize over substantial opposition.

In the past, I've seen two specs that got to recommendation stage 
against substantial dissenting voices: schemas and namespaces. In 
both cases, it turned out that the dissenting voices had very good 
points, there were fundamental flaws in the specs, and those flaws 
are now causing growing problems for everyone.  Recommendations 
should require consensus, (and consensus beyond the working group), 
not simple majority vote.

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