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RE: Web Philosophy

Doesn't this appear strange - considering that usually when you do work for
people you get paid. As to the level of the membership fee - I can only
think that this is intentionaly high, to block the little fish out. Full
membership for a years salary? Come on.

Danny Ayers

<- -----Original Message-----
<- From: Martin v. Loewis [mailto:martin@loewis.home.cs.tu-berlin.de]
<- Sent: 27 March 2001 19:02
<- To: ken_north@compuserve.com
<- Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
<- Subject: Re: Web Philosophy
<- > The desire to participate must be accompanied by the
<- willingness to write a
<- > rather large check for the annual membership fee.
<- Right: $50,000 for full membership, and $5,000 for affiliate
<- membership, per year. Compared to membership in other standards
<- organizations I'm familiar with (such as OMG or ITU-T), it is not that
<- much.
<- There are other means of influencing as well: W3C publishes candidate
<- recommendations, and the public has an opportunity to review those
<- quite some time before they get adopted. Many of the member expers
<- have a technical background and will be open to technical arguments,
<- so providing feedback should help to avoid technical inconsistencies,
<- and underspecification. I'm sure many readers of this list have
<- participated that way in the past, without paying a dime.
<- Just sitting back and complaining about the results when they are
<- final is inappropriate, IMO.
<- Regards,
<- Martin
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