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

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

> Both.

Not all.  Schematron and RELAX NG and DSDL are free as PDFs. Linux standard base, ODF, OOXML, MPEG 4 as PDFs, are costless too.  Often, if the standard is a conversion of an existing spec from elsewhere that is available free, such as from OASIS or ECMA, you would expect it to be free at ISO too.


Some committees don't bother to request the free distribution option: I don't know why PDF/X and PDF/A are not on the list for example. Few of the ISO standards are small enough to be implemented by enthusiastic, poor, casual amateurs, and charging prices re-enforces that.  However, the days when only rich corporate, (com, gov, mil, ac) types could implement computer programs, are long gone.

For people's interest: recent withdrawn standards include an explanatory part of ISO PDF/X and a registration procedure relating to security.


On Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 8:35 AM, Tim Cook <tim@mlhim.org> wrote:
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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