an unfilled need

Len Bullard cbullard at
Mon Sep 6 22:41:54 BST 1999

Matthew Gertner wrote:
> No one objected to the W3C controlling XML at the onset because it was far from a
> foregone conclusion that XML was win over a number of plausible (but in retrospect clearly
> inferior) approaches.

Yes some did.  The XML effort hijacked an international standard by
it and putting the W3C trademark on it.  The confidentiality rules of
the W3C 
and the singleton control of its policy ensured that this standard would
modified and shaped by and for the goals of the members of a
consortium.  Some 
objected strenuously.  As the twig is bent...

By the way, nice article, Jon.  It says what namespaces are and aren't.
it ducks all of the issues the list is trying to address without 
any leadership.  Yes, tie XML to Java.  If that gets applications out 
the door and checks coming back, by all means, do that.

Now, the rest of you should decide what you want to use namespaces 
for and just do it.  You don't need permission and if you wait for it, 
you only fall behind in development.


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