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Re: And the DTD says, "I'm NOT dead yet!!"
- From: Rick Jelliffe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 13:49:47 +0800
From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> The problem is authority and credibility. If
> the public statements of the authorities are
> at odds with the policy as expressed in the
> record of authority, credibility suffers.
This is where I disagree; W3C is a consortium, but
it is hosted at several famous universities, so academic
(well, quasi-academic) freedom should be extended to its staff.
They are not being paid (I hope) to be robots trotting out
the party line, except the press officer, but because they are
innovative or constructive thinkers and their opinions, right or
wrong, are interesting to consider. (Please, no flames.)
If the reptiles of the press or even Jo User gets confused by this,
they were either born too far from the 60s or they don't know
of the positive, challenging influences that universities should
have. If people who are influential in making standards are not allowed
speak frankly, then standards become merely a dictation rather than
part of a human dialog where one can get to know the context and tradeoff.
(Speaking from an academic institution whose budget has now been suspended
because of parliamentary pique at the academic freedom of our
Nobel-prize-winning president, Y.T.Lee. )