Why do we write standards?

David Brownell david-b at pacbell.net
Sun Nov 14 21:07:51 GMT 1999

James Robertson wrote:
> At 05:39 13/11/1999 , Steven R. Newcomb wrote:
> >(I'm trying to think who defends XML from creeping scope.  I should
> >know the answer to that question, but I don't.)
> After some of my (as usual) rabid posts attacking
> creeping featurism in XML, I have received a number
> of private responses encouraging me.
> Let's just say that some of these hold respected
> positions in the standards process ... :-)
> The question is: why everyone is keeping their
> heads down on this topic?

There's the "volume of traffic on XML-DEV" issue,
which can affect even just keeping up with traffic.

Also, agreeing with self-evident truths isn't
always an effective way to invest time ... :-)

- Dave

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