[sc34wg3] www.topicmaps.com (and topicmaps.org)

Robert Barta sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Sat, 22 Oct 2005 16:55:33 +1000

On Thu, Oct 13, 2005 at 12:02:51AM +0100, Murray Altheim wrote:
> Steve Pepper wrote:
> >* Murray
> >| 
> >| You're quite welcome. I would of course be willing to work
> >| under the full direction of WG3, and would simply appreciate
> >| the committee agreeing beforehand to a means by which I
> >| would take such direction, so to avoid any confusion.
> >
> >Fine by me. Let's see what Michel has to say.
> He has indicated to me in private mail that he's willing to
> move this forward so long as I'm in charge of the site. As
> you might imagine, the matter is rather sensitive, so I'm
> going to be handling it with kid gloves.


While I am happy to support your efforts where I can, for the records
I would like to state that am strongly against this plan.

First, I am not sure why a matter of a .org domain is a "sensitive
issue". For me this appears as simple cybersquatting, not nuclear
disarmament. I do not think that a community which suffers from this
should reward this kind of behavior.

Then the fact, that topicmaps.org is in the XML namespace is
completely irrelevant. We all know that an XML namespace URI not
necessarily must be referenceable.

And lastly, what happens if Michel changes his mind? Then we are at
field zero again. Brittle strategy.

> ............................................. I need to satisfy
> everyone, and I'm going to try.

I always thought this is a recipee to make everyone unhappy ;-)