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   Why *is* XQuery taking so long?

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  • Subject: Why *is* XQuery taking so long?
  • From: Michael Champion <michaelc.champion@gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 10:48:37 -0400
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  • Reply-to: Michael Champion <michaelc.champion@gmail.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
untangling everything.

- 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?


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