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Re: SVG & XPointer - When I write SVG code can I be sued?

At 12:00 18/01/2001 -0500, AndrewWatt2000@aol.com wrote:
>> At 11:28 18/01/2001 -0500, AndrewWatt2000@aol.com wrote:
>>  >The W3C XPointer specification acknowledges the validity of a Sun patent. 
>>  >a consequence when anyone either "downloads" or "implements" XPointer ... 
>>  implement XPointer != use Xpointer.
>If only it were that straightforward.
>Here is a definition from the "Terms and Conditions" ...<quote>"Modification" 
>shall mean programming code, including interfaces, developed by or for You 
>for use in an implementation of the syntax of the Xpointer Specification .... 
>SVG is programming code which implements the syntax of the XPointer 
>specification, or more precisely a subset of it. Are you suggesting that SVG 
>is anything other than "programming code"?

I believe you totally misparse that sentence. "programming code" is meant
as in "developing code", not programming language. SVG is probably not a
programming language anyway, but I don't think entering that debate will
make much difference.

Yes I am, and in any case, SVG does not _implement_ XPointer. It uses it.
An SVG processor does implement the bare bones syntax. If you believe you
have implemented XPointer in SVG, I'd like to see that.

>I hope we get a clear, unequivocal response from Sun that there is no problem.

In any case, even if it applied, I don't think Sun can risk a wreck-the-web
kind of action.

-- robin b.
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