A Plea for Schemas

Michael Rossi mrossi at crusher.jcals.csc.com
Mon Nov 1 16:21:02 GMT 1999

Matthew Gertner wrote:
> I totally agree. The idea of some kind of discovery mechanism for
> schemas has already been batted around this list (and I believe I heard
> something about some W3C activity starting in this area?). Getting all
> the competing approaches behind a standard schema language is a major
> prerequisite for this. It is hard to justify investing too much in
> schema development and infrastructure if the final form and capabilities
> of this schema language are still unclear. How and whether schemas will
> then be made available is very much up in the air. The most promising
> option I see is to create some kind of schema marketplace that will
> enable people to get their schemas out there, with the metadata
> necessary for others to find them, and let "free market" competition
> decide which schemas will gain general acceptance. There are already
> some efforts of this type, but they smack a little of marketing
> manoeuvres controlled by a single company and not real attempts to
> create an open marketplace.

   What you're describing sounds an lot like the Registry and Repository
services that OASIS (http://www.oasis-open.org) claims to be setting up on
XML.org (http://www.xml.org). Biztalk (http://www.biztalk.org) seems to have
similar intentions, but I assume that's the 'single company marketing
manouver' to which you've referred.

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