XHTML 1.0 returned to HTML WG

Len Bullard cbullard at hiwaay.net
Mon Nov 8 16:03:13 GMT 1999

Paul Prescod wrote:
> Put it this way: if something technical truly is common sense then it
> must be simple. If it is simple it is simple to make a specification for
> it. So why not engage in that simple exercise to protect ourselves from
> lock-in?

Lock in is not as much an issue (it is a market phenomenon that is hard

The issue is the record of authority to be cited when specifying 
and procuring systems.  The record of authority is itself, a namespace
must be rational with respect to resolving referenced.   It was an issue
specifying SGML systems, as noted in another thread:  even with a
standard, we needed conformance tests to procure systems that were used 
at larger scales of production.  This is the same for XML, namespaces, 
etc.  We must enable professionals whose jobs are aligned with ours to 
contract for systems and products of these systems without having to 
be deeply aware of the technical details.


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