Since this thread has turned into a discussion on OpenURL... I have to say that during the OpenURL 1.0 standardization process, we definitely had moments of despair. Today, I'm willing to derive satisfaction from "it works" and overlook shortcomings. It might have been otherwise.
What I hope for is that OpenURL 1.0 eventually takes a place alongside SGML as a too-complex standard that directly paves the way for a universally adopted foundational technology like XML. What I fear is that it takes a place alongside MARC as an anachronistic standard that paralyzes an entire industry. Eric Hellman President, Gluejar, Inc. 41 Watchung Plaza, #132 Montclair, NJ 07042 USA e...@hellman.net http://go-to-hellman.blogspot.com/