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   Re: [xml-dev] You call that a standard?

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Robin Cover wrote (quoting an article):

> Coteries of companies develop specifications and shop them to consortia;
> Microsoft wants the industry to adopt (and license) its Caller ID anti-
> spam specifications; open source projects are everywhere, and variously
> structured; and Bloggers are flaming each other over competing flavors
> of content syndication. Is this any way to develop standards?

It's exactly the right way to develop standards.

Obviously, there are a few counter-examples (just as there are a few lottery 
winners), but in general, standards have to come from real, proven need. 
The kind of chaos described in Robin's citation is a necessary first step to 
any proper standardization.

All the best,



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