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- To: "Alexander Jerusalem" <email@example.com>,"xml-dev" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: RE: [xml-dev] You call that a standard?
- From: "Dare Obasanjo" <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2004 10:04:50 -0700
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- Thread-topic: [xml-dev] You call that a standard?
Nope, what you've described is a specification. Anyone can slap a document with some rules in it one the Web. Does that make it a standard? I designed a query language for XML when I was in college and you can read the description at http://www.xmldb.org/sixdml/sixdml-lang.html/. By your definition, it is a standard. To me that is worse than meaningless. It is meaninglessness masquerading as being meaningful.
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From: Alexander Jerusalem [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wed 4/28/2004 9:58 AM
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] You call that a standard?
I don't agree at all. If a term has many meanings, that doesn't make
it's meaningless. To deny this, is just a way of avoiding a necessary
debate. A standard is a set of more or less strict rules that are known
by a common name by which different parties can refer to it. And I
think, you accept that every day for all practical purposes.
Dare Obasanjo wrote:
> The word "standard' when it comes to software and computer technology is usually meaningless. Is something standard if it produced by a standards body but has no conformance tests (e.g. SQL)? What if it has conformance testing requirements but is owned by a single entity (e.g. Java)? What if it is just widely supported with no formal body behind it (e.g. RSS)?
> Whenever I hear someone say standard it's as meaningless to me as when I hear the acronym 'SOA', it means whatever the speaker wants it to mean.
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