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   RE: [xml-dev] Why *is* XQuery taking so long?

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Fair enough.  But you may also have to face situations where 
the big companies have better answers, better implementations, 
and better marketing.  The W3C cannot dictate terms to the 
market either.   Hardball is the game played to win marketshare 
and it is the responsibility of these companies to play to win. 
That is why it is dangerous to equate specifications to standards 
because either can be a solution.   The processes for creating 
specifications don't have to be as slow as the process for 
creating standards, but we have to accept the consequences 
when better specifications come from places other than our 
favorite standards organizations.   The market is still competitive. 

What we don't have to accept is inferior specifications turning 
into inferior standards.   That can be remedied.   Reading this 
thread, it seems to me that is exactly what XQuery has attempted.


From: Jonathan Robie [mailto:jonathan.robie@datadirect.com]

There's another permathread philosophical question again: should we just 
let individual companies create things, watch them take hold in the 
marketplace, and then standardize them? The standard W3C answer is that 
we don't want the big players to dictate terms to everyone else, and 
that for many crucial technologies, we should work together to create 


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