Musing over Namespaces
cbullard at hiwaay.net
Thu Dec 16 21:27:15 GMT 1999
David Megginson wrote:
> It's messy, but it's the only standards path that really seems to
> work. At least with Namespaces we can remove 50% of the messiness
> (there's no chance of confusing different party's extensions) on the
> way to standards Nirvana.
I think not. The standards path is complete once the means to create
and identify the namespace is possible. What now needs to happen is
for the technologists to create means by which company registries of
namesspaces can be accessed and negotiated with such that for any
the ROA namespaces can be declared. OASIS and BIZTALK may be good
libraries, may provide examples, but trying even at the UN level to
standardize everyone's local names or names of exchange is a foolish
if goodhearted errand. It is not the way to do it right. It
is not the path to success. It is the way that standards wonks
think, but I doubt it works as well as registry negotiation.
If Microsoft wants to be a good partner, provide technology and
some startup templates, then get out of the way. If OASIS wants
to thrive, teach the means, do not arbitrate. Powertrips are
not attractive. Education is seductive. Influence is more powerful
> I'm going to write a paper with a catchy title on this topic some day,
> so that I can make US$45M like Eric Raymond just did from "The
> Cathedral and the Bazaar."
"Green green it's green they say on the far side of the hill.
Green green I'm going away to where the grass is greener still."
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