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> From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2005 9:32 AM
> To: 'Ken North'; firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: RE: [xml-dev] License Feedback -- health and safety issues
> The same for services. It is the question I ask repeatedly:
> what is the culpability for services created on top of
> services, for example, using Google addresses and a separate
> geocoding service?
> I'd think long and hard before building an application over
> unvetted and non-indemnified web services. That this is also
> true of standards and specifications built by polite
> aggregation and published prior to serious implementation
> goes without saying.
Exactly. How about service insurance? I posed this idea to this listserv
and the W3C Semantic Web Services Public Listserv in Oct last year:
Is this a radical idea?
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> That is why committee work without the participation of the
> major vendors in any market space can be hazardous. The days
> of 'let's form an OASIS committee, get two buy-ins and start
> writing a schema' produced monsters which no one in industry
> wants to adopt and yet work their way into requirements
> without any serious chance they will be adopted by more than
> a few prototyping organizations or small wanna-be companies.
> There is nothing new about this. Some of us are veterans
> from earlier efforts. The difference is that there was no
> common architectural platform such as the web in which to
> spread the damage at light speed.
> From: Ken North [mailto:email@example.com]
> Michael Kay wrote:
> > I've always thought that it's likely that in most incidents
> of people
> > killed as a result of software bugs (or IT systems bugs),
> the software
> > wasn't thought to be safety-critical at all.
> > And as I said before, if your programming is negligent and it kills
> > disclaimers are very unlikely to protect you.
> This thread is about software licenses but it seems there's a
> similar issue with XML vocabularies, DTDs and schemas.
> What if a flawed schema design results in an accident? For
> example, coding incorrect constraints for allowable
> temperatures or pressures might cause an instrument or a
> monitoring program to work from unsafe data.
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