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Re: [xml-dev] RAND issues
- From: David Brownell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 14:14:47 -0700
> I hate to see the W3C reduced to creating
> only specifications for low level technologies for
> which there are only ever a few implementations needed.
I don't think anyone thinks that's happened, or is asking
for that to happen. (Did you leave out a "would"?)
The concern is more that W3C should focus on
technologies for which multiple implementations
are expected and desirable ... like, for example,
many "low level" technologies, and not a small
number of higher level ones!
The "only a few implementations" is a business
strategy chosen by some vendors as a way to
preclude or minimize competition. That's not
really what standards are all about. Even if
folk advocating patents can licence patents
separately from implementations which use it.