Re: FAQ # 25

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Wed Dec 17 2003 - 10:24:21 CST

> It's worth noting that Sequoya has released their XML-based standard
> for the encoding of vote records from their DRE machine.
> Whatever the case may be, as open standards like this come to market,
> we need, in the long run, to justify our departure from them.

I'm not sure I understand why an XML DTD that happens to be published
by proprietary vendor Sequoia is an "open standard". I mean, it's nice
if they reveal this or any other aspects of their system; but why isn't
what they do just another proprietary technique?

That said, if there really is a -standard- out there, it seems worth
contemplating seriously. The only question I would have would be about
using something that is absurdly, and unnecessarily, complicated.
Often design-by-committee produces such things.
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