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Re: Winning battles but losing the war

From: len bullard <cbullard@hiwaay.net>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 11:46:33 -0600
Message-ID: <330201F9.2D4C@hiwaay.net>
To: Murray Maloney <murray@sq.com>
CC: "Henry S. Thompson" <ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>, w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Murray Maloney wrote:
> I attended that meeting and tried to put in a plug
> for XML whenever I could. The W3C folks tried hard
> to downplay SGML and XML, but they did not manage
> to keep me quiet. It seems clear that they consider
> XML a bit of a threat and are trying to minimize
> its role. The best way that we can overcome that
> is to demonstrate the uefulness and practicality
> of XML as compared to HTML. Interest in growing,
> but it will take time and demonstrable software
> to sway more people to our side.
> I expect to be atending the next AC meeting on June 17/18.
> Having software to demonstrate at that meeting would
> be a big help in pushing XML higher up on the agenda
> for the consortium.
> Murray

It is competitive.  We have to live with 
that and understand the competition.

The W3C consortium is a collection of conflicting 
interests.   Go where they need this:  not where 
they fear it.  This is when alliance with ISO 
and WG8 plays to an advantage.  Don't compare 
this to HTML.  Don't compare this to Acrobat.

This is SGML made practical for practical requirements.
Figure out what those requirements are first.

len bullard
Received on Wednesday, 12 February 1997 12:46:43 UTC

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