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MIS Managers?

From: David RR Webber <Gnosis_@compuserve.com>
Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 03:16:54 -0400
To: W3C Schema Comments <www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org>
Message-ID: <200005120317_MC2-A4BF-136E@compuserve.com>
Group.

I'm reporting here direct from the lobby of the ebXML meeting in Brussels.

Some significant decisions have been made this week, and it is very
clear that ebXML is one of the major potential users of XML Schema.

It is also clear that several of the potentially mission critical features
required are either missing (support for ISO11179 datatypes) or unclearly
defined in the current Schema draft.

Also - ebXML is very focused on providing sustainable and low-cost
business solutions that are scalable to a global level.

Looking at this there are just too many issues with the current W3C Schema
draft to make it viable.

Simply put - if I were asked today by an MIS Manager if I would 
recommend W3C Schema in its current form as the basis for a major
new implementation I would emphatically have to say - NO.

I would there ask that the current period for the review of this release 
candidate be extended at least another 4 weeks to allow time for 
discussion of the issues relating specifically to support of the ebXML
requirements, and that we develop a set of metrics that we can 
measure the suitability-to-task in the context of maintainability and
use in a global eBusiness environment.

I will work on a draft of these today and post these tonight when I get
back to the USA.

I may also add that I am part of the ebXML Coordination WG - and
therefore have a specific requirement to evaluate and research
technologies in the context of ebXML and report on such, and this
of course includes XML itself.  

If anyone would like to discuss all this direct 
my office # is 301-482-2597 and I'll be available EST all next week.

Thanks, DW.
Received on Friday, 12 May 2000 03:18:04 UTC

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