End of an era

Volume 10, Issue 106; 10 Oct 2007; last modified 08 Oct 2010

After almost a decade, I'm going to have to put aside my XSL Working Group Member hat.

I don't remember exactly when I was first introduced to XSL. I wasn't part of the behind-the-scenes team that worked on the document that became A Proposal for XSL, but I'm pretty sure I became involved very shortly after the submission.

My first publicly archived message to the (W3C member confidential) XSL WG list is dated 26 Jan 1998.

That first message indicates that I was already working on the document that became XSL Requirements Summary. In the nearly ten years that followed, I was a co-editor for five of the myriad specifications produced by the XSL WG. I'm afraid to count how many hours I spent on telephone conferences or how many face-to-face meetings I attended.

It's always been an excellent group; I've learned a lot and I'm proud of the work we did. I have every confidence that the work that's being done now on streaming technologies will bear fruit too.

“Changing management priorities”, I think that's the best phrase, have made it impossible for me to continue, which I regret, personally, but understand. I could probably have lingered a bit longer, but I wouldn't have been able to give the work the attention it deserves.

I'm going to keep that hat safe; maybe I'll get to wear it again someday.

Au revoir (not goodbye) and bonne chance!



that is indeed sad news. If "management priorities" also affect your DocBook work, I would say it's time to explore new opportunities!!! I would have hoped that company with the new stock ticker would support the tremendous contributions you make to this world.

I certainly appreciate all of your hard work and devotion these many years!

—Posted by Scott Hudson on 10 Oct 2007 @ 03:58 UTC #

Heh. I've been doing DocBook on my own time for years.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 10 Oct 2007 @ 05:57 UTC #