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By participating in some n of successful and
failed standards efforts in a knowledge domain
in which they are competent. A professional
team should not be composed entirely of standards
professionals. It would be interesting to
hear Jon Bosak's thoughts on his choices for
the XML team because I'd say that most teams
I've seen succeed did so because a leader
selected them rather than self-nomination.
While the XML team was two layered (a group
of main singers and a chorus), decisions stayed
in the main. Goldfarb told me once that this
was a good organizational style as long as
the team leader had a plan to begin with.
The MPEG/MHEG group comes to mind.
Again, I see standards and specifications as
two different animals differentiated initially
by the pre-existence of an established market.
That sets constraints which make the politics
If I had to boil out one phrase from the
position of an observer to describe the
problem of XML Schema, it would be mission creep.
OTOH, XSD is not a failure; just a bit of a
monster. It is similar to SGML in that perception:
workable but overwrought. It took SGML some time
to get to that state if you count the evolution
of it's predecessors. So, perhaps a second issue
that bedevils these efforts is the pervasive and
wrong-headed concept of Internet Time, or at least,
the interpretation that very large fast scaling
systems require rapid adaptation. In fact, it
can be the case that this is precisely when one
wants to slow down.
From: Michael Kay [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>There are more failures from the self-constituted groups of amateur
>standards writers than there are successes. You are going to quote back
>to me the few notable successes from the amateurs but they are fewer
>than their counterparts. Don't confuse myth for math.
How does a standards writer acquire professional standing, please?
And can you give an example of a group that is not self-constituted?
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