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   Re: Namespaces from where?

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  • From: Chris Maden <crism@oreilly.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Thu, 17 Sep 1998 18:50:15 -0400 (EDT)

It's come to my attention that my last message wasn't very clear.

First of all, I incorrectly identified the main reason for keeping W3C
discussions private: many W3C members have more vocal lawyers than my
employer does, and contributors to the discussion fora would have to
clear everything through their lawyer before posting it if the
archives were, or ever would be open to the public.  This is a
compelling reason to keep them private forever.

I also want to make it clear that I wasn't questioning the W3C's
decision to keep its archives private.  It is a private organization,
and doesn't have any moral or legal obligation to share work paid for
by its members.  That it chooses to make its specifications public at
all is commendable (though fulfilling its mission otherwise would be
difficult), and the small lead time its members get in implementing
specifications is the (bargain-basement-cheap) price of the work
getting funded at all.

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