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[xml-dev] Should the XML "recommendation" have an expiration date?

On Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM, David Lee <dlee@calldei.com> wrote:
> 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 ....

Surely it is part of the business equation; or it wouldn't exist.  But
to not be too cynical.  I think there are good reasons for having a
mandatory review time frame.  I think that W3C just hasn't been around
long enough yet to have seen the need that ISO sees.  But the time
will come when it does.

The specific case that I am aware of is with ISO 13606, and yes
technologies that affect it have changed (especially XML) and that may
well effect portions of that specification.


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