XLF: Status

Don Park donpark at quake.net
Wed Jul 8 10:13:03 BST 1998

This message is for those interested in participating in the XLF (Extensible
Log Format) Initiative.  If you are not, please disregard this message.


I have received messages from 20 developers/companies from around the world
expressing interests in the XLF Initiative.  Most surprising was the
readiness of the companies to adopt XML-based log format.  We could very
well see XLF being deployed in products as soon as we spec is finished.
Perhaps even in operating systems <g>.


JXML, Inc. has offered to host the XLF mailing list but it could take a
while to activate it so please have patience.  We should use the XML-DEV
mailing list until then.  I would like to suggest that all XLF related
messages should contain "XLF:" string in the subject line so that e-mail
filters can intercept reliably.


About half of the participants are XML developers and the other half server
vendors.  I believe we need to invite some of the web statistic analyzer
vendors to round out the group since I can not imagine them being very happy
with Common Log Format.

I am planning to invite them as soon as our mailing list is up and running
but I would appreciate any help in reaching them since not many of them are
on the XML wagon apparently.


We need two volunteers with good writing skills to serve as Co-Editors for

[Gavin, I am not expecting you to volunteer because I know you are already
five feet under the DOM spec.]


With simplicity and practicality as our guiding light, I would like us to
have something we can submit to W3C within two months from now.  Does this
sound too ambitious?


I will post XLF status once a week from this point onward.

Best wishes,

Don Park

P.S. A second message which opens the first thread of discussion will be
posted along with this message.

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