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   RE: confidentiality in W3C WGs

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  • From: Miles Sabin <msabin@cromwellmedia.co.uk>
  • To: "'xml-dev@ic.ac.uk'" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 18:32:55 +0100

Gregg Reynolds wrote,
> Well, you've lost me here.  Companies don't stop 
> competing just because they join the W3C.

True, but it's not the *companies* who are on the WGs,
it's their technical representatives, who might be
considerably more cooperative than their respective
salespeople. The fact that confidentiality makes it
harder to present a decision as 'company A beat company
B' might, to a certain extent, free the techies to
make the right decisions without having to worry too 
much about being moaned at (or worse) for making 
decisions which could be seen as damaging to corporate 
prestige. It's sad, but it's probably necessary ...

> Maybe it really IS because they're competitors, and 
> company B really has won a battle.

That, of course, would be important. But it's a trade



Miles Sabin                          Cromwell Media
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msabin@cromwellmedia.co.uk           England

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