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Re: How to Version XML Applications

From: Anthony B. Coates <abcoates@TheOffice.net>
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 10:06:34 +0100
Message-Id: <200209120907.FAA23879@tux.w3.org>
To: "www-tag" <www-tag@w3.org>

** Reply to message from "Dare Obasanjo" <dareo@microsoft.com> on Wed, 11 Sep
2002 14:50:52 -0700

> I sincerely hope it isn't considered part of the TAG's mandate to
> "co-erce" working groups that have domain expertise and know the related
> considerations into making decisions simply satisfy the hungering of
> external parties for a holy writ from the W3C. 

It *is* TAG's job to coerce working groups into producing works that are
architecturally consistent.  The problem with the working groups is that they do
have domain expertise, but not the big picture, so that without a group like TAG
providing oversight & coercion, individual WGs are likely to produce solutions
that are not properly consistent with the solutions of other WGs.  It's an
absolutely normal social and organisational occurrence.

It's not so much that the W3C is in the business of doing holy writs, but it is
the only credible authority in the area, so it is important that it addresses
difficult issues faced by users of its specifications, and versioning is a prime
issue.  If the W3C does nothing, users will use versioned namespace URIs, of
that I can assure you.

Anthony B. Coates, Information & Software Architect
MDDL Editor (Market Data Definition Language)
Received on Thursday, 12 September 2002 05:07:10 UTC

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