Re: ISO and HTML

Dave Carter (
Tue, 1 Apr 1997 10:23:34 +0100 (BST)

Date: Tue, 1 Apr 1997 10:23:34 +0100 (BST)
From: Dave Carter <>
To: Jukka Korpela <>
Subject: Re: ISO and HTML
In-Reply-To: <>
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.3.94.970401102151.23862A-100000@cass40>

On Fri, 28 Mar 1997, Jukka Korpela wrote:

> On Thu, 27 Mar 1997, MegaZone wrote:
> > There are a great many people who don't consider ISO the end all and be
> > all of standards boards.  And a few of us who laugh at the thought.  A
> > world run by ISO would grind to a halt.
> I definitely appreciate ISO in general, but not all things can be
> standardized along the same procedures. As regards to HTML and the Web,
> the ISO standardization process is too slow (and the slowness of that
> process is basically inherent, for reasons which justify the long
> delays in many areas). We can't simply wait for years to have 
> the next development phase of standard HTML, so it is better to live
> with e.g. W3C standards "only" instead of ISO standards.

You mean that things will only become standards if they have been thought
through??? Perish the thought.

> The practical question is how to shoot down the ISO HTML standardization
> effort as fast as possible. (There might be good ideas on the draft, 
> deserving due consideration by W3C, of course.) I'm pretty sure that
> it is relatively easy to convince _one_ national standardization body
> about the whole thing (of HTML standardization _by ISO_) being a wrong
> idea, thus preventing the approval by ISO, but this would by the hard way,
> from the viewpoint of wasted human resources. Any better ideas?

Support it. Push your ideas of what the standard should be through your
national standards body.

Dave Carter