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Re: [xml-dev] Does the W3C allow "reference implementations"?

I suspect two kinds of motivations behind the ISO ban against reference implementations:

1) The most official: allowing a reference implementation could be interpreted as designating a "reference vendor" and ISO is vendor-neutral (... sometimes);

2) The most hidden one: without reference implementation, endless debates are allowed about conformance against complex XML standards, nobody is wrong when two ISO-compliant implementation are mutually incompatibles... and ISO can fly above the real life.

----- "Roger L. Costello" <costello@mitre.org> a écrit :

| Hi Folks,
| I just read this:
|     ISO officially does not allow reference implementations
| Here's where I read it:
|     http://www.schematron.com/implementation.html 
| See the 2nd sentence of the 2nd paragraph.
| The author of that web page is Rick Jelliffe, who is the author of
| several ISO standards.
| This got me wondering, "Does the W3C allow reference
| implementations?"
| I know that the W3C requires a specification have a certain number of
| implementations before the specification can become a full
| Recommendation. Does the W3C consider them to be "reference
| implementations"?
| What is the rationale for not allowing reference implementations?
| /Roger
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