steve.wart at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 15:50:32 GMT 2007
I tend to agree. XML is not really a format unless you can agree on a schema
Surely ANSI must have some standards for documenting standards :-)
On Nov 14, 2007 3:41 PM, Bruce Badger <bwbadger at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 14/11/2007, Ralph Johnson <johnson at cs.uiuc.edu> wrote:
> > i suggest that we develop an XML format for representing the standard
> I had imagined that we would initially use the wiki as the repository
> for the text of the standard.
> The wiki would give us a publicly readable vehicle for the standard
> text, and would also capture who changed what when. I had further
> imagined that the wiki would be changed only in the light of
> discussion on this list (following the principle of least surprise,
> and all that).
> XML is a structured format which certainly holds promise for this kind
> of thing. I would ask, though, whether use of XML is something which
> is orthogonal to the standards process (something we can trend towards
> as an agreed way of using it defined) rather than something that we
> should wait for before proceeding? I bet we could spend lots of time
> deciding how do use XML before we got onto doing any useful work with
> Also, sticking with the existing textual format (for all it's faults)
> will make it easier for the first iteration of the standards process
> to deliver something of value because the current format has been
> shown to be acceptable to the ANSI overlords.
> In short: even if XML is the right long term thing to use, would
> requiring it up front be more of a parking brake than an accelerator?
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