Quoting Mike Taylor <m...@indexdata.com>:

It's a shame.  I can see the reasons why the committee took it the way
they did, but the whole exercise has ended up smelling of architecture
astronautics.  See this column if you're not familiar with the term,
it's a good read:

Speaking as someone who was on the committee, I can tell you that there was not a consensus on "going astronautic." Although some of us fought a good (well, at least hard) fight, the astronauts won. And if you think the text of the final standard is dense, you should have seen version 0.1! Eric Hellman wrote a revised version that was 1) in English 2) made sense, but that, too, was rejected.

If you want to see my reaction to being presented with the "Bison Fute'" model [1] on the first day of the OpenURL committee meeting, download this [2] PPT and play it as a slide show (it is self-animated). (It helps you get the joke if you know that "Bison Fute'" means "wily buffalo".)

[1] http://www.dlib.org/dlib/july01/vandesompel/07vandesompel.html
[2] http://kcoyle.net/presentations/cpm3.ppt

Karen Coyle
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