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   Re: [xml-dev] 2002 as the year of XML (meltdown due to patents)

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1/6/2002 8:17:26 PM, "Dave Winer" <dave@userland.com> wrote:

> there's a fly in the XML soup -- patents. Dave

Is XML more susceptible to the patent nonsense than anything else?  One would
think that its basic simplicity and SGML legacy mean that there's prior art for
almost everything.  Sure, once people start defining XML syntaxes for more advanced
technologies (VoiceXML and SVG come to mind) you get somewhat more reasonably 
debatable patent issues ...

I'd guess that the slithering vermin who extort licenses of bogus patents have
just heard that this is the Year of XML and are going after XML vendors rather than
.coms or telcos or whoever they tried to leech off last year. Dealing with parasites is simply
the price one pays for success.  I guess it's better than having to deal with vultures,
which is the price of failure. <grin>


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