tbray writes: Here are the details on the "Android Compatibility Program", which combines the software itself, a formal compatibility spec, an open-source test suite, and access to the Android Market as reward for good behavior. People like to rant about this subject, so here's TFM that they should be R'ing first.
tbray writes: "I spent the last week in the ISO OOXML Ballot Resolution meeting. Jason Matusow, who wasn't there, says it was "An Unqualified Success". Andy Updegrove, who also wasn't thre,
writing up says "OOXML fails". I reported from inside the room, and so did a Malaysian attendee. Draw your own conclusions."
tbray writes: "On Feb. 10, 1998, XML 1.0 became a W3C Recommendation after an 18-month (i.e. really fast, for a standard) development process. Here is a monstrous seven-thousand-word narrative about the history and background."
twofish writes to tell us that Sun's Tim Bray (co-editor of XML and the XML namespace specifications) has posted a blog entry suggesting RELAX NG be used instead of the W3C XML Schema. From the blog: "W3C XML Schemas (XSD) suck. They are hard to read, hard to write, hard to understand, have interoperability problems, and are unable to describe lots of things you want to do all the time in XML. Schemas based on Relax NG, also known as ISO Standard 19757, are easy to write, easy to read, are backed by a rigorous formalism for interoperability, and can describe immensely more different XML constructs."
Gosh, I have a/. journal? This Must Be Important. Stand by for serious and Extremely Big thoughts (but be warned that I only have these three times per decade) but time is nothing really, isn't it? If I had any big thoughts they'd be here but mostly I don't.