Namespaces Revisited...

John Cowan cowan at
Tue Sep 15 16:33:26 BST 1998

Rick Jelliffe wrote:

> The ISO HTML is in fact already created.

Ah, I didn't know it was an International Standard already.

> On the issue of whether W3C is a standards body, I think W3C has been pretty
> scrupulous to call their technologies "specifications" not "standards".

"Recommendations", no?

> But it is quite possible for a committee to stifle comments, even if they are
> good.  To call it "politics" is just to say that technologies
> exist in the human world, where there are high stakes in the direction
> of technology.

Granted.  But AFAIK the comments still have to be considered and
replied to, even if the reply amounts to "This idea is terminally
stupid".  They can't be burked entirely.  I am not accusing the
XML WG of doing anything of the sort, merely pointing out that
W3C committees *can* do that, and by the terms of their chartering
represent the consortium members, not the general public.

John Cowan		cowan at
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