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

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Chaos is the engine of evolution. 
It is not the steering wheel.

To get from point a to point b 
predictably, it's a good thing 
to have both.


From: David Megginson [mailto:dmeggin@attglobal.net]

> 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.


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