Premature standardization

  • there are many competing standardization bodies involved in endorsing of XML based formats (W3C, OASIS, ISO, ECMA)

  • in some areas global consensus about single XML representation was achieved (SVG, MathML, MusicXML)

  • in some areas competing standards were created by different business groups using different standardization bodies as hostage

    • OpenDocument Format versus MS Office 12 XML formats

    • various Web services standards