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- Subject: Why *is* XQuery taking so long?
- From: Michael Champion <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 10:48:37 -0400
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- Reply-to: Michael Champion <email@example.com>
> I know it takes time to release quality specs, but I can't seem to
> find any valid reason why XQuery is not out of the working draft
> stage yet.
This is a bit of a permathread, but I would like to solicit opinions
from current or former XQuery participants or outside observers. The
XQuery activity kicked off with a workshop in 1998 and the working
group was chartered in 1999. 5 years later, no Recommendation in
sight. Why did this happen?
To kick things off, my recollection of the rough consensus from the
last time this permathread surfaced was:
- XQuery's requirements were far too ambitious and beyond the state of
the art. It became an exercise in design by committee rather than
standardizing actual experience.
- XQuery has become rather tightly coupled with several other W3C
specs, especially Schema, XPath, and XSLT. As is usually the case,
this creates a bit of a hairball -- changing anything requires
- There are a lot of conflicting intellectual and corporate agendas
interacting, and coming to a mutually acceptable consensus is
challenging at best.
Are any of these in dispute, and what other reasons are there?