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RE: [xml-dev] standards vs. the public
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Jonathan Borden <email@example.com>,"Steven R. Newcomb" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 09 Oct 2001 13:13:57 -0500
From: Jonathan Borden [mailto:email@example.com]
Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> I have a hard time understanding positions that force
> one group into domination by another and call that
> moral or public interest particularly if that position
> changes when the IP is theirs.
>To be clear, my argument that internet and WWW 'standards' should be open
>based on practical not 'moral' concerns. The Internet and WWW have
>themselves risen to success on the basis of open protocols. At the same
>there have been scores of proprietary network protocols, and even other
>non-proprietary protocols that have been said to be superior in some way to
>IP, TCP, HTTP etc etc.
It's tough to prove causation in this case. Other factors may have induced
that success, but this is the realm of historical speculation. Also, what
is true of low level specifications for network protocols is not necessarily
true at other levels. The RAND document asserts this point.
>The question comes down to: ought the general public
>look to the W3C as _the_ entity which recommends best practices for
>operation of the Internet and WWW? This is not a 'moral' issue.
It is a choice of authorities. Many factors enter into that choice
including efficiency, competency, etc. However, the general public
does not look to the W3C in any case. It has no representation there
and no vote. It is the company membership that has that. If you want
a representative voice, then the Internet must be regulated as a
>Rather themost practical issue of what will best promote the success of the
>(of course including businesses that _use_ the internet in the course of
>their proprietary operations). I firmly believe that a proprietary Internet
>would not have achieved the success the current Internet has.
Good. That is stated as a belief. I accept that belief. However, we
cannot assert that will be the case in the future. Internet II is not
an open project per se. And further, the W3C did not make the Internet
happen nor contribute much to the technologies. DARPA managed most of
the success for which the W3C receives the lionshare of credit. Mike
Champion and I have both made this point: the W3C has been harvesting
(a politer term than burglary) and did not sustain the costs. As
an organization issuing specifications to further convergence, it is
successful. This is where I think there is a good case to be made
for RF RAND. However, to disallow non-RF RAND is to remove an option that
also promote convergence and thereby, will promote the growth of proprietary
with even more restrictive conditions. So again, we have to look at
the RAND document: it insists on RF for low-level specs and makes
the non-RF a case-by-case decision for high level. If one accepts
that promoting its success is contingent on stable interoperating
systems, one should accept both possibilities and provide an
acceptable policy for each.
>> ... I shall anxiously
>> await the Oracle and HP responses to working groups
>> formed to standardize technologies in which they
>> hold patents. My experience is that the rules are
>> changed to suit the convenience of those who make
>> the rules particularly if they can rewrite the
>> history just as conveniently.
>> Mine is the objectivist position with respect
>> to that politic.
>I still have no idea what you are saying.
See Ayn Rand.
>> Still,the W3C acceptance or imprimatur may be irrelevant
>> to the success of the product on the Internet. Flash
>> is a good example. The WWW user adopts this because it
>Exactly. Ditto PDF.