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RE: W3C as Golden Goose (was RE: [xml-dev] [Fwd: W3C ridiculous n ewpolicy on patents])

That the W3C is formulating policy with regards to patents is 
sensible.   Leaving this without process control is a serious 
blunder.   Attempting to become a standards organization is a 
different problem.   As long as it was making recommendations, 
these could be considered experimental, be allowed to run 
overtime or undertime, be minimal in nature, and be forgotten 
quickly.   By attempting to be a standards organization, the 
processes, the goals, and the projects have to reflect a more 
industry practice approach to picking and managing projects, 
that is, standards should not be technologyInVitro, but technology 
fully understood and available for implementation.  Churning in 
the tools and the standards represent major and unacceptable 
cost risks.  I do not find the W3C performance in these areas 
credible as a standards organization.


-----Original Message-----
From: Champion, Mike [mailto:Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com]

Here's the way the W3C defines the problem:

a procedure for launching new standards development activities as
    Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (RAND) Licensing Mode activities
    (sections 4 and 5);