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  • From: "KenNorth" <KenNorth@email.msn.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 18:02:56 -0700

John F. Schlesinger wrote:
> Is it a TLA (three letter acronym) which stands for nothing? How ironic.

There are other former acronyms, usually because someone wanted to
disassociate from the past. When the technology changes, you write a new
standard or use a trademark. About two years ago, I wrote something that
mentioned "Java Database Connectivity (JDBC)." When it appeared in print,
Sun notified me JDBC was no longer an acronym -- it was their trademark.

So what's to keep someone from trademarking the important Web-related
acronyms? The W3C is  registered and XHTML and MathML are trademarks, but
what about others?

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