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Development of specifications, like software, takes longer when the
organization gets bigger and the number of interactions increases. XSLT,
and W3C specification work generally, is suffering from this problem. In
fact every standards consortium in the history of IT has hit it at one
stage or another - they all start out small and fast, and end up big and
slow. If you know how to solve the problem, there are lots of people who
would like to know the answer.
XSLT specification work actually proceeds very efficiently - the group
is still small, and decisions get made very quickly. Most of the working
group's time, however, is spent coordinating with other WGs on other
specifications. Making decisions on XPath, where far more people have an
interest, is by contrast incredibly slow and tortuous. There are simply
too many cooks.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Roger L. Costello [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: 19 August 2003 14:49
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [xml-dev] What's the delay with XSLT/XPath 2.0?
> XSLT 1.0 stats:
> - first Working Draft (WD) August 18, 1998
> - full Recommendation (Rec) November 16, 1999
> - during that time there were five WD's and one PR document.
> --> from first WD to full Rec: less than 15 months
> XSLT 2.0 stats:
> - first WD December 20, 2001
> - lastest document is a WD dated May 2, 2003
> - from the first WD till now there have been five WD's
> --> from first WD to present time: 20 months
> There is lots of great stuff in XSLT 2.0 and is very well
> written (thanks Michael Kay). I want to use it. My customers
> want to use it. But not in WD stage.
> When will it go to Recommendation?
> What's the delay?
> Waiting on alignment with XML Query? Worthwhile?
> Spiral development?
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