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RE: [xml-dev] Let's get real on W3C XForms 1.0 (why it stinks, today)

On Fri, 5 Oct 2001, Sebastian Schnitzenbaumer wrote:

> That's exactly what I mean with esoteric:
> So far, *nothing* has changed. Until now, the W3C
> released good stuff and it simply worked.
> Why should this be different all of a sudden?
> Can we keep the patent lawyers out the door for
> a moment and go back to technology, please?

Because the patent lawyers have chosen not to leave _us_ alone. As much as
I would _love_ to just 'go back to technology', it is becoming
progressively more and more difficult when I have to constantly look over
my shoulder to make sure that the lawyers haven't patented Turing Machines
while no one was looking.

RAND is a fundamentally flawed proposal. It in effect freezes out all the
small players from the game (not surprisingly, it was proposed by a very
large player) by imposing a unmeetable burden on those who can't afford to
pay 'non-discriminatory' licensing fees to MegaCorp X for a otherwise free
tool. When the day comes that I _can't_ release a free XML tool to CPAN
_because of W3C RAND_, it will hurt not just me but directly anyone who
might of used that tool, and indirectly anyone wanting to use anything
depending on specifications produced by W3C.

Benjamin Franz

 "Code as if whoever maintains your code is a violent
  psychopath who knows where you live."
                    -- Nancy Lebovitz, the button lady