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RE: ISO intellectual property (was Standards)

"I have no friends in business."  - a successful 
CEO turning a profit for a company that hasn't 
turned one in a while

People seem to be wishing for lots of things. 
Different organizations don't necessarily fix 
anything.  Different processes don't necessarily 
fix anything.  Well-focused requirements help.

We will never see a frictionless web, IMO, 
mainly, because there are too many places 
where surfaces meet moving parts.  This 
whole debate IS semantic hair splitting 
because we do have many semantics.  We know 
that. Big umbrella organizations try to 
cover all of that, but scope is still scope. 
A well-focused organization only tries to 
do a few things well.  Works in business and it 
works in standards and specs.  

The question is can these organizations operate 
in the open?   We are at an interesting point 
in the growth of the web organizations and 
businesses.  Can they compete and provide 
standards AND products? 


Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: Guy Murphy [mailto:guy-murphy@easynet.co.uk]

I've wandered from the point... what is my point?... well, simply I'm not
sure how helpful comparisons between the W3C and ISO are.

And remember ISO specs are exactly renouned for being terribly friendly, and
take quite a while to produce.... be careful what you wish for if it's a
more ISO-like W3C.