Extensible Log Format (XLF) Initiative

From     owner-xml-dev@ic.ac.uk Sun Jul  5 04:29:22 1998
From:    "Don Park" <donpark@quake.net>
To:      <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
Subject: Extensible Log Format (XLF) Initiative
Date:    Sun, 5 Jul 1998 02:11:18 -0700


I would like to put together a small and focused team of developers to
work on the Extensible Log Format (XLF) specification.  Once the spec is
completed, we will encourage server companies as well as log analyzer
companies to support the specification so that we will have a truely
universal log format.  I believe that the software industry in general
will benefit greatly and immediately from this effort.

The problem of log format based on XML is fairly interesting in its own
right since it requires XML parsers with the ability to parse incrementally
(logs are typically huge and practically never ending).

Please contact me or reply to this e-mail if you are interested.

Best wishes,

Don Park

Date:    Sun, 05 Jul 1998 19:48:32 -0700
From:    Don Park <donpark@quake.net>
Subject: Status: Extensible Log Format (XLF) Initiative

At this point, there are 10 participants and I am expecting more to join the
initiative on Monday and tapering off after that.  Assuming everything goes
well, we should have about 30 developers participating in various capacity
on the spec by end of this week.  We should have a mailing list setup by
then as well.

I would like everyone to understand that this effort will be a short and
intense effort to establish the core XLF spec and then divided efforts to
address DTD for individual log types starting with HTTP.  In parallel, we
will actively solicit support from server companies and log analyzer
companies so that the new format will gain quick acceptance.

I will post another status report by Tuesday so that everyone can be

Best wishes,

Don Park

From:     "Don Park" <donpark@quake.net>
To:       <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
Subject:  XLF: Status
Date:     Wed, 8 Jul 1998 00:52:55 -0700

This message is for those interested in participating in the XLF (Extensible
Log Format) Initiative.  If you are not, please disregard this message.


I have received messages from 20 developers/companies from around the world
expressing interests in the XLF Initiative.  Most surprising was the
readiness of the companies to adopt XML-based log format.  We could very
well see XLF being deployed in products as soon as we spec is finished.
Perhaps even in operating systems <g>.


JXML, Inc. has offered to host the XLF mailing list but it could take a
while to activate it so please have patience.  We should use the XML-DEV
mailing list until then.  I would like to suggest that all XLF related
messages should contain "XLF:" string in the subject line so that e-mail
filters can intercept reliably.


About half of the participants are XML developers and the other half server
vendors.  I believe we need to invite some of the web statistic analyzer
vendors to round out the group since I can not imagine them being very happy
with Common Log Format.

I am planning to invite them as soon as our mailing list is up and running
but I would appreciate any help in reaching them since not many of them are
on the XML wagon apparently.


We need two volunteers with good writing skills to serve as Co-Editors for

[Gavin, I am not expecting you to volunteer because I know you are already
five feet under the DOM spec.]


With simplicity and practicality as our guiding light, I would like us to
have something we can submit to W3C within two months from now.  Does this
sound too ambitious?


I will post XLF status once a week from this point onward.

Best wishes,

Don Park

P.S. A second message which opens the first thread of discussion will be
posted along with this message.

Date: Thu, 09 Jul 1998 23:24:10 -0700
From: Don Park <donpark@quake.net>
Sender: owner-xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk

Hello everyone,

The XLF mailing list is now up and running!  Detailed information on how to
join the list is below.  XLF discussion will now move to the XLF mailing
list.  [ A big thanks to XML-DEV folks especially Peter ]

I will keep XML-DEV members up to date by posting a copy of weekly status to

The mailing list address is: xlf@cybercom.net

To be added to the list, send a message of the form

    subscribe xlf

by email to majordomo@cybercom.net

To be removed from the list, send a message of the form

    unsubscribe xlf

by email to the same address.

Note that 'xlf' is lowercased XLF and the commands should be in the body of
the message and not in the subject line.  Subject can be empty.

See you there,

Don Park

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