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I believe it is a matter of not allowing exceptions when
exceptions may be warranted. Had the W3C made a better
job of policy for the rare exception when RAND would be
better for everyone, you'd have a case.
If RF weren't good for them in some cases, why would they
have contributed as much as they have? Because it was
and they did. Again, if the W3C sticks to the really
fundamental technologies, I think this will go as
you say. If they stray into applications which are
say, Internet capable, but not Internet itself, they
will meet resistance in some quarters where the business
advisors have a very good head for ROI.
From: Patrick Durusau [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
I understand that Microsoft and Turner have contributed to the common
good. What I disagree with is the view reported as held by their
customers that RF standards are not good for them personally. Perhaps
that is true in very limited or closed systems, but that has not been
the experience with web standards thus far, or at least no one has yet
cited any evidence to the contrary.
I realize that it is easy to say that licensing software/patents will be
greater "their good" but if that were really the case, other than a lot
of loose talk there would be some hard evidence to support that view. I
am not an economist but I don't think all the claims that new business
models are evolving are just talk. The model used by MySQL, for example,
would have been unthinkable in the mid-1960's. Does not mean that it
will last but the evidence that something has changed is too great to
I don't think the W3C will lack for standards to write that are
important and don't infringe on IP as the next generation of markup
languages and technologies remain to be written. Vendors who support
that sort of furtherance of infrastructure, as has Microsoft, Sun, IBM
and a host of others, will be the first to profit from those new
languages and technologies.
I think there will always be a lot of important work to be done at the
W3C and vendors with better business advisors will be supporting it.