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RE: [xml-dev] Should the XML "recommendation" have an expirationdate?

We should start with the various national legal systems, see how that goes :)

* All laws shall expire after 10 years unless voted to re-instate.

I think that would be awesome.


But seriously, how does ISO differ from W3C from a business perspective ?

I am always a tad curious what the real business of standards committees and how it varies across committees.

Is it ISO or maybe ANSI that charges for standards documents ? I forget which.

That income then funds future development.  

W3C doesn't charge for the standards, instead gets income from members ( who in turn get to influence the standards).

That  business dynamic may well influence the concept of retiring standards as opposed to simply not working more on them.

Just totally guessing here ....






David A. Lee




From: Rick Jelliffe [mailto:rjelliffe@allette.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, March 03, 2013 2:03 AM
To: Costello, Roger L.
Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Should the XML "recommendation" have an expiration date?


ISO standards do already have an expiration date.

They have to be reviewed every 5 years (3 years for Technical Reports) to decide whether to keep them (or revise them or convert them to a different class). Otherwise they will be withdrawn.  After withdrawal, they can be reinstated again after a full vote.

"Withdrawn" does not mean that they are nullified, as if they never existed, so it is completely possible for some user to adopt a withdrawn standard. It just means there is no agreement (or interest) from the ISO members that the publication's market is not now better served by having the publication on ISO's books under active maintenance than not. So a withdrawal does not necessarily reflect poorly on the technology: a technology may have a steady community, but one not available to participate in standardization efforts, for example.  Or times and markets may have changed, or better technologies come along.



ISO/IEC Directives, Part 1, 2012, 2.9.1

Every International Standard and other deliverable published by ISO or jointly with IEC shall be subject

to systematic review in order to determine whether it should be confirmed,

revised/amended, converted to another form of deliverable, or withdrawn,


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