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   Re: [xml-dev] Market-driven vice Committee-driven technology evolution

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From: "Joe English" <jenglish@flightlab.com>
> Roger L. Costello wrote:
> >
> > To my mind there are two ways for a technology to evolve:
> >
> > (1) A committee has complete reigns on the technology and decides how it
> > evolves.  [...]
> > (2) A group creates the initial framework.  That ends its role.  From
> > then on the technology evolves independently, in a distributed fashion
> > as the market demands. [...]
> Also:
> (3) A small group creates an initial implementation, and is
>     in complete control of its evolution.  If it proves popular,
>     other groups may later create independant implementations.
>     That's when it's time to form a committee.
> Standardization is only necessary when multiple implementations
> need to interoperate.

Certainly the primary goal of standardization should be interoperability. In
the context of non-network standards, interoperability is equivalent to
interchangeability. E.g., when a document is schema-valid according to the
producer's parser implementation but not according to the consumer's parser
implementation, using the same schema, the two parsers do not

Bob Foster


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