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>From: Mike Champion <mc@xegesis.org>
>To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
>I saw something particularly interesting on Robin
>COver's site:
>"An initial Draft Federal XML Developer's Guide
>has been published for review by the U.S. Federal
>CIO Council XML Working Group .. designed to assist
>government activities in developing XML implementations
>in the short term, while lessons learned are collected.
>It provides general development guidance for the many
>XML initiatives currently taking place within US Departments
>and Agencies."
>The draft text is at
>The document is basically a "best practices" guide for XML
>developers, and interesting in that respect alone. For example it
>- Strongly favors W3C Recommendations, but allows use of draft
>   specs and other organizations' specs if a justification
>   can be made
>- More or less forbids use of specs that compete with W3C
>   technical work.
>- Discourages use of proprietary extensions to specs
>- Mandates use of the ISO 11179 naming convention
>- Allows DTDs for document-centric work but notes a
>   preference for W3C XSD
>- Suggests separating information modeling from
>   schema design
>- Insists that schemas and stylesheets be commented
>- Suggests a "header" metadata section in schemas
>- Recommends that attributes be used only to define
>   metadata applicable to the entire subtree of an element
>This only skims the surface of course; the document is
>103 pages long.
>I'd definitely be interested in hearing others'
>opinions on these guidelines, perhaps using it to
>bootstrap the xml-dev Best Practices Guide we keep
>talking about doing Real Soon Now.
>They don't ask for free advice on these guidelines, but
>maybe somone on this list is involved.  The only thing
>I really don't like in this document is that rather
>quaint belief that the W3C owns the One Ring to rule
>them all ... Maybe my hope that the ISO is resurrecting
>itself and will eventually debug and productize the
>prototypes that come out of W3C Labs is even more quaint,
>but I find it odd for the government to consider a
>vendor consortium's Recommendations as more "standard"
>than those of international standards bodies.
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