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RE: [xml-dev] Let's get real on W3C XForms 1.0 (why it stinks, today)
- From: Sebastian Schnitzenbaumer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "Simon St.Laurent" <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2001 19:06:46 +0200
> Any chance of:
> a) Sebastian or someone clarifying the IP story for XForms
a summary of XForms and patents as far as a non-lawyer can give one:
- There is US patent 6028938. The owner once claimed a
relationship between the patent and XForms. This is potentially
in the area of using XForms together with Digital Signatures,
not affecting the core XForms by itself.
- Other than that, we know that we don't know. I'm not aware of
anyone who has disclosed a patent that affects XForms so far.
- However, XForms is not much more than a mix-and-match of
existing XML technologies (style sheets, XHTML etc., XML,
namespaces, XML Schemas, XPath, XLink etc.) - so unless somebody
has tried to patent obvious combinations between those, XForms
presumably doesn't add much to the situation that already existed
around software patents and internet standards.
> b) patent discussion moving to a different subject line
> c) Sebastian getting concrete answers on why XForms stinks?
That would be indeed very nice. Thank you Simon for trying to get
this discussion back on track.
Hope this helps,