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

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Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> ISO is political.  Extremely.  They are also 
> process-bound which makes them reliable and 
> predictable.  They admit the existence of politics 
> and plan for it.  Process isn't evil; it is the 
> buffer against it.  It doesn't always work 
> but overrunning a buffer to achieve a malicious 
> result is something of an art form, yes?

I'm reminded of the reason why OIDs - what ASN.1 uses for namespace 
identifiers, more or less - are numeric, with optional textual labels 
that are just like comments when the OID is written to make it more 
readable; they're numeric so they don't need to be changed when 
organisations get renamed, take each other over, etc.

So identifiers based on an OID assigned to, say, a despotic and horrible 
government that executes millions of people, can still be used. Whereas 
a namespace URI that began 
"http://xml-effort.evil-secret-police.gov.XX/";, where .XX is some 
country, might have longevity issues.



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