Scott Wilson reacts to Michael Feldstein's defense of standards as a way of enabling long tail applications. All very fine, but as Wilson notes, a defense of standards in principle hardly equates to a defense of standards as they have actually evolved: "IMS has a huge back catalogue of released specifications. Some were developed far too early for their target problem space... Some developed too slowly to keep pace with general technology... Some doesn't seem to solve a real problem at all... Some are now in direct competition with lightweight web specifications... [and] At least one seems primarily to exist to support the business models of large publishers."
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