Open Standards Processes (WAS Re: Nesting XML based languages and scripting languages)

len bullard cbullard at
Sat Apr 25 01:44:26 BST 1998

David Megginson wrote:
> Len Bullard writer:
>  > >This is an old gripe of mine about the XML process as conducted by
>  > >this effort.  It is not open.  That has troubled me from the
>  > >beginning because it is an open effort to replace an open
>  > >standard, SGML, with a closed standard, XML.  It is a horrible
>  > >precedent even if a successful one.
> Frank Boumphrey writes:
>  > Bravo!! Well said!!!
> Can I download a free copy of the ISO 8879:1986 spec?
> All the best,

Good question and valid.  It has also been a 
subject of complaints for years.  OTOH, up to 
the point of publication, most of the work 
which contributes to it is maintained on a 
freely accessible site.


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