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From: "Rich Salz" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > This further says that W3C is politically motivated and is not a true
> > standards body but one where commercial interests of the insiders are put
> > ahead of the standards process -
> Do you know of any standards organization where this isn't true?
This is an overstatement.
In W3C, for example, the intensely commercial working groups such as
XML Schema and XQuery are still commented on by intensely non-commercial
(in the narrow sense) groups such as Internationalization and Web Accessibility.
And vice versa.
In ISO, it is group-by-group: the SC34 group has long been dominated by users
rather than vendors, and the 1 nation = 1 vote system that ISO uses reduces
the feasibility of committee stacking.
At OASIS, a group like the RELAX NG group is hardly dominated by
commercial interests: I think all the implementations of RELAX NG are
either Open Source or freeware binaries
P.S.Is it too long a bow to draw to say that the relationship between companies
and standards bodies is sometimes like nations and treaty organizations? For US substitute MS.