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   RE: [xml-dev] Standards: innovation, evolution, and stasis

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I thought that was why the W3C referred to its 
works as "specifications and recommendations" 
until someone or some group became obsessed 
with "web standards"?

I wonder if the patent frenzy would be as 
bad as it is if there were less "imprimatur" 
and more "impress me".  The patent fee would 
be negligible if the thing were guaranteed to 
work and selling.


Sincere congratulations to the Canadian 
Hockey Team at the Olympics.  Whupped us 
fair and square!  Great game!

From: Mike Champion [mailto:mc@xegesis.org]

Lots of food for thought here ... on the benefits of standardization, but 
on the perils of casting a standard in concrete before implementation 
experience is available ... and the horrible thought that "it seemed like a 
good idea at the time" decisions today could haunt our great-grandchildren.


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