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Long enough to produce applause. Real results are readily recognized.
The tension is what needs to be there versus what one can get done
with willing resources before other solutions satiate the market.
We tend to panic ovet that one. OTOH...
XQuery's competitor is SQL. So far, it hasn't stopped you from
getting your work done, in fact, it bought you time to do more
and do it better. "Fear is the mindkiller."
But understand the audience and don't play Bach if they came
to boogie. Could XQuery have come out in successive versions
with simpler accompaniment? The cost is rerecording. In
Engligh, companies do have to pick the right time to implement
and face up to the costs of reimplementing. Customers have
to accept that the costs of global markets may be occasional
hiccups in supply. No one I know is using the original MS
version of XSD. We married up. ;-)
From: Jonathan Robie [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Here's one question that's not being asked explicitly:
How long should a standard take?
The answer may depend on the nature and complexity of the standard, but
also on the marketplace. Long enough to reach the ground?