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   RE: facts, conclusions, and exhortations re XML (short)

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  • From: Andy.Bradbury@syntegra.bt.co.uk
  • To: srn@techno.com
  • Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 12:08:55 -0000

Steve Newcomb wrote:

>The only weapon we have against Microsoft's
>abuse of the public's confidence is the truth.
>The truth is also the only weapon that's needed.
>Let us wield that weapon vigorously.  If you feel
>that you can't tell the truth about Microsoft's
>deliberate undermining of the goals of the XML
>community without incurring financial or other costs,
>I'd ask you to consider the following questions:


Before WWI, E.M. Forster (Room with a View, A Passage to India, etc.) wrote
what seems to me to be a remarkably prophetic parable on the cosequences of
monopolistic technology run rampant, a short story called: The Machine
I'd suggest that regardless of which particular conglomerate, organisation
or cartel has tried, is trying or will try to seize the reins, the basic
concepts within the story are something we need to be taking very seriously
*right now*.


Andy B.

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