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RE: [xml-dev] [Fwd: W3C ridiculous new policy on patents]

Learn that success is not necessarily reproducible 
by the same means under different circumstances. 

The choice of choices is not predicated simply 
on there being another choice.  The choice must 
produce sustainable results and logistics are 
not a moral domain.  It is a domain of feedback 
mediated adaptation. 

o What is needed?
o What is possible?
o What is sustainable?


-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan Borden [mailto:jborden@mediaone.net]

If the W3C wants to succeed it must take a strong stance on the
recommendations it publishes, much as the IETF has done -- witness S/MIME,
arguably it has taken longer to get an acceptable security protocol
established but that is a short term issue, it is the long term that is what
we need to look at.

The strength of the W3C recommendation lies in its usefullness as a guide to
implementation. I
predict that if following such recommendations _might_ expose people to
future legal action, then people will simply go elsewhere, just as people
went elsewhere when a mere perception of risk became attached to gopher.
Learn from your own success.