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Re: Web Philosophy

At 02:39 PM 3/25/01 +0100, Sean B. Palmer wrote:
>Final word: the W3C is not a regulatory body. It issues
>recommendations, it tweaks the evolution of the Web. If you wish to
>ignore it completely, why not do so?

I can't take that last question seriously.  The nature of the Web means we 
have to cope with decisions made by others well beyond our control, whose 
motives we don't share and whose results we may not trust.  I may not take 
Recommendations as Standards, but since other people do, I have to work 
with W3C output.

Unfortunately, at least for those of us who aren't building closed systems, 
ignoring the W3C completely is impossible and ignoring the parts we don't 
like is extremely difficult at best.

As a result, I remain a vocal critic of W3C process and of many of its 
results - making noise may irritate people, but staying silent only (IMHO) 
makes things worse.

Simon St.Laurent - Associate Editor, O'Reilly and Associates
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
XHTML: Migrating Toward XML
http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books