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RE: [xml-dev] W3C Rants (was: RE: W3C as Golden Goose ...)
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Jeff Rafter <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 15:10:23 -0500
The SGMLers who built XML never patented AFAIK. SGML was
open from day one. You did have to buy an ISO standard
or steal one. :-) XML was done at the W3C instead of
SGML Open because as I recall, it was feared that
SGML Open did not have sufficient technical mindshare.
In retrospect, that was a mistake in my opinion but
hindsight is Monday night quarterbacking.
OASIS is the former SGML Open founded by the SGMLers
that made sure of that. XML-Dev was founded by Peter
Murray Rust and Henry Rzepa as a private initiative
later turned over to OASIS. OASIS is paying the bills
here and we benefit whether we are members or not.
As for the differences, I invite the founders and
the members of the two organizations to comment on their goals.
For once, I will leave the philosophy to the professionals.
Someone get Bosak out of cold storage and see if he
has an opinion. He did a lot of work on the OASIS
process that I think reflects the goals and the
From: Jeff Rafter [mailto:email@example.com]
> Yes this is XML-Dev. Do people understand this
> is an OASIS list, not a W3C sponsored list?
> Do people know the fundamental differences in the
> philosophies of those who created OASIS and those
> who created the W3C?
> The differences are profound.
I am very interested-- but then aren't the differences between the XML-Dev
community and both organizations profound as well. This list seems like less
of an organization than an autonomous collective, then again maybe not.
Where do patents fit in here?
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