• An open mail list hosted by OASIS
  • Thousands of participants, no formal organization whatsoever
  • Completely open
  • Has created at least one very successful de facto XML standard: SAX

There are some big problems with this model.

  • Relies on the particular talents of one person
  • No clear strategy for maintenance
  • Ownership of intellectual property is unclear
  • Invites hijacking by big vendors

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