[sc34wg3] N0391-0394: New SAM/XTM documents

Lars Marius Garshol sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
12 Apr 2003 11:14:59 +0200

* Michel Biezunski
| However, I don't think that there is any reason
| to hurry. 

I don't agree.

| I understand that as far as you are concerned,
| you consider the SAM pretty much as cooked. 

Correct. And it's not me alone who thinks that.

| But now starts the process of studying every piece of
| it to make sure that it fits the common needs that
| we have the mission to provide as a standard. 

You've had two years to do that.

| I don't believe that at the point where we are
| now, having tight deadlines for publishing is
| of any help. On the contrary, if we want topic
| maps to succeed on the long term, we'd better
| work our way out to make the various pieces make
| sense together, instead of against each other.

We did work out a way to do that in Berlin, and we published it as a
our roadmap. That has been followed ever since, and nobody, except
you, has gone out to say that they are not satisfied with it. You did
say you wanted some changes, but were unable to explain *what* you
| I can understand your desire as an implementer to get 
| things clarified, [...]

What you don't appear to understand is that there are other pieces of
work waiting for this one, and they are becoming increasingly urgent.
We don't have much of a standard so long as people are forced to build
their solutions using proprietary technology. Nor do we look like we
are going anywhere when despite having worked on topic maps for 7
years (since the start in ISO in 1996) all we have finished is two

| Let's relax, and enjoy a good talk in London
| about the progress that has been made on several
| parts.

You've seen the agenda.

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