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   RE: [xml-dev] XUL Standardization: Lessons from the RSS Civil War

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That could be an example of a low quality process. 
One goes to organizations often precisely because 
one gets an acceptable process.  Even if they take 
time, it may be time well worth the investment. 
I note Kendall Clark's article on this topic 
on XML.COM this week.

If he wanted control, he should have built a 
proprietary application.  Nothing compels him 
to let go and claims that a market cannot be 
created or sustained without submitting to the 
'community' are easily refuted.  It is a choice 
of where one starts and what one wants to own 
on the other side of the process.


From: Rich Salz [mailto:rsalz@datapower.com]

> his strategic blunder was to assume he could 
> work openly without being under the protection of 
> the policies of an organization that would

No.  His blunder was in using imprecise language to specify something, 
and then being inconsistent about the interpretation of those 
ambiguities.  RSS 2.0 isn't a spec or standard.  It was an essay written 
with a couple of weeks -- yes, less than a month -- from those who 
scrambled to be heard, and mostly (like 2/3 comments accpeted) were.
It's an essay that is not open to editorial clarification.

Too bad.  Often the hard part of working in the open is knowing when to 
let go.  Dave's inability to do so has led many reasonable people to 
start from ground zero.  I expect interop to be maintained.


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