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   Re: [xml-dev] Competing Specifications - A Good or Bad Thing?

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On Apr 2, 2004, at 11:20 AM, Chiusano Joseph wrote:

> My theory: Competing specifications are not necessarily a bad thing, as
> long as:

Hmmm.  I have very mixed feelings.  Philosophically, I think it's a 
Good Thing to get lots of experimentation and diversity before 
attempting to standardize.   Practically, the reliable messaging specs 
are basically "TCP with angle brackets" and I don't see why there is 
all this fragmentation (but I don't follow them closely).  Maybe 
someone can explain why OASIS wasn't empowered by the unholy alliance 
to just sort this out.
> (1) The cost to an organization to interoperate with another
> organization (or another system within the organization) that 
> implements
> a competing specification in a given functional area is either minimal
> or 0, and
> (2) The risk is either minimal or 0
I think I agree.  End users appear to be just repulsed by all this and 
are waiting for a cheap, risk-free option to emerge.  (Ahem, that is 
the whole POINT of standards, eh?????)  Until then,it's not a serious 
problem; it's one of those things that Business Red in Tooth and Claw 
will sort out someday.


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