Last minute request for BASE64 section support in XML 1.0

Paul Prescod papresco at
Sat Feb 7 15:35:49 GMT 1998

Don Park wrote:
> James,
> Could you please elaborate on why there is no chance of BASE64 section
> proposal being accepted?  As far as I know, XML has not been approved.
> Whether or not W3C has already written out the approval announcement, the
> fact is that it is not approved yet.  If your assessment of the probability
> is based the lack of time for the XML-WG to consider such a proposal, I must
> beg to differ with you.  As far as I know, the WG serves the community and,
> while its activity must be constrained by the schedule of its members, the
> need of the community must be met if the need is worthy enough.

The W3C only serves the needs of the community indirectly through
serving the needs of its members. The community has no official standing
in the process.

In this particular case, if we held up XML 1.0 for everything someone
considered important, it would never ship. That's what happened to HTML
3.0. I'm not denying that your complaint is important -- XML has many
large flaws. That's life in the standards process.

 Paul Prescod

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