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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:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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