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  • From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
  • To: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@sunsite.unc.edu>, xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998 08:34:30 -0700

At 10:38 AM 9/18/98 -0400, Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
>Legal, perhaps not. Moral, I completely disagree. A lot of people are VERY
>uncomfortable with a few, private, for-profit corporations being allowed to
>set the standards that all of us have to live with. I think the Web is too
>important to be designed int the best interests of Microsoft and Netscape.
>The W3C may be a vendor consortium, but perhaps it should not be.  It is
>unconscionable that the interests of users and developers are not
>represented in the standards process.

Users and developers *can* be represented; but they have to pay for the
privilege.  Since the amounts aren't exorbitant, it seems like a good
practical bozo-filter to me.  Speaking as one who has been inside the
process for the last couple of years, it is absolutely *not* the case
that the discussions are dominated in any practical way by Netscape
and Microsoft, or that those guys always get what they want. -Tim

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