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   Re: [xml-dev] Schema Experience Workshop minutes online

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On 7/7/05, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org> wrote:

> The "Summary of Action items" link was removed since not specific action
> items were taken during the meeting. The sudden end of the IRC minutes
> is due to the change of date. For some reason, there is no file for June
> 23. However, after looking at my irc client log, it only contains the
> straw polls to fill the table. I think this table is a fair summary of
> future actions needed to improve the state of XML Schema.

Thanks for checking, Philippe.  I do agree that the table has the
information needed to infer the positions of the participants on how
to go forward, and that is worth examining closely.

Here's what I see there; again corrections or reinterpretations from
participants is welcome:

There is very little support for "nested profiles", i.e. refactoring
the spec into a nice set of modules and sub-modules.  I presume that
is because it is infeasible, not because it is intrinsically

There is considerable support for domain-specific profiles of XSD, but
somewhat less support for doing that work at W3C.

There is a lot of enthusiasm for a Wiki that would be sort of an
uber-primer, tutorial, best practices collection, etc. that would be
developed by the community as a whole.

There is a sentiment that the W3C WG's priorities top should be
Errata, and Test Suites,    with finishing the XSD 1.1 spec a
significantly lower priority.

There was a lot of support for a "best practice versioning Note", but
I'm not sure who would do that.

There seemed to be some sentiment that building "marketing documents"
(that would explain what XSD is really good for?) and type libraries
would be  a good idea.

The bottom line I take from this  is that the workshop participants
are asking the W3C to shift priorities away from XSD 1.1 and toward
explaining the spec via a Wiki process, and correcting the spec and
implementions via an authoritative and comprehensive test suite and
errata process.

By the way, note Philippe's message about one possible followon -


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