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You hit the nail. The scope of certification relative
to the scope of XML topics means the course designer
needs a very precise understanding of what is important
to any given discipline. XML is applied to a multi-discipline
space and unless one focuses on that aspect, certification per se
can be a statement of broad but potentially shallow knowledge.
Certification has a place if distinguished from
education. Certification should be a precise assertion
of the understanding of the certified given a well
scoped topic set itself circumscribed by a precise
application, not a broad knowledge of a subject.
I would expect any XML expert to thoroughly *know* XML 1.0.
I would not expect any XML expert to understand how to
XMLReader and Writer classes from the .net framework.
That is a separate certification. I would expect
them to have that separate certification or a set
A certificate is an assertion. It is useful for the
owner of the certificate and the employer to which
it is presented to vette the assertion.
From: Adam Turoff [mailto:email@example.com]
*All* of that needs to be considered even before you attempt to identify
what XML technologies belong in a certification, and what people should
know about those technologies.