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   Re: Important: The SAX C++/C/COM Muddle

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  • From: "Richard L. Goerwitz" <richard@catlin.cis.brown.edu>
  • To: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2000 16:20:12 -0400

David Megginson wrote:

> Yes, absolutely, and to cut off any anti-MS flames I'd like to mention
> right now that Microsoft has been in touch with me several times...

Not a flame.  Just a word of caution.

Microsoft has been in the business of coopting open standards for a long
time.  Right now much of higher ed is openly hostile to Microsoft for ap-
parently working in good faith with MIT on integrating Kerberos with W2K
and AD, then ultimately extending the protocol in a proprietary way, then
(to top it all off) declaring the extension proprietary - and forcing ev-
eryone who wants to use the specs on their extension to agree to nondis-

I'm sure you've had some good relationships with Microsoft engineers.

So did the MIT guys, I gather.

So while it would be silly to start a flame war, I'm not sure we're doing
anyone a service trying to head off open discussion of Microsoft's (and
other vendors') roles in the XML community.

Richard Goerwitz				Richard_Goerwitz@Brown.EDU

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