This happens over and over. New WS-* spec submission, check. Insanely huge charter locking down the conclusion and ensuring a rubber-stamp outcome, check. Loads of dependencies on WS-standards, WS-drafts, WS-submissions, and other WS-handwaving, check. Resolute obliviousness to other technologies that address the same problem, check. [Update: Hostilities break out in the comments. Read ’em and see what you think.]
The IETF standards process may not be perfect, but compared to the noxious fumes emitted by the recent politics in progress at OASIS and ECMA and ISO (see Simon’s last link here), it smells pretty sweet to me these days.
[Update:] I quote from Eve Maler: “The telecon was held this morning. TC convener Paul Cotton responded to the collected comments by reading from a prepared text that gave the same answer 30 times: ‘Proposed response: no changes to the WSFED TC charter are required.’” Feeling cynical and paranoid yet?
If, instead of my reflexive grousing, you’d like to read some actual educated commentary by people who know the territory, you’ll probably enjoy the input from Nokia, France Telecom, NTT, Sun, and Oracle (twice!).