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

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1.  That is what the WSIO was formed to work out. 

2.  An open standard can build on a de facto one if 
the owner of the de facto standard will sign 
participation agreements that indemnify all 
other signers from litigation.   

Businesses have been doing this sort of thing 
for years.  Standards making is a business.

The harsh problem is that standards favor the 
success of large companies that can compete 
on price point.  That is what commoditization  
means in the market place.  That resistance 
to fast change that Rick mentions is a resistance 
to open commodities where the costs of development 
have been borne by only a few parties.  They 
want time to make their money back before 
they introduce change that let's them make 
money again.  Flavor of the month.


From: Paul Sumner Downey [mailto:Paul.Downey@whatfettle.com]

i'd put issues in composing WS-* specs down to:

1) they've not been designed to be plug-replaceable
but fit into slightly disconnected visions. e.g. 
WS-Policy doesn't map directly to WSDL 2.0 Features 
and Properties, you can't just swap Notification with 
Eventing. OK there may possibly be mappings but there 
are lots of edge conditions.

2) IPR problems: an open standard is unlikely
to reference and build on a defacto one. So we end 
up with having to rely upon generalised extensibility
models. yeah, of course you can just stick tags from 
different namespaces into an XML document. XML is great!


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