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   RE: [xml-dev] W3C suckered by Microsoft?

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Basically yes.


I picked that up from a CG list article on the Sociology of 
Citations.  Evidently these folks developed technology that 
shows what has been long suspected:  there is a lot of idea 
theft going on among the cognoscenti.  In a culture that is 
hero ridden ("send the W3C 1%") and driven to accept that as 
somehow normal, one has to learn to adopt very tough norms 
for checking citations, prior art, innovations, and so on.

The dangerous part of this are the everyday teachers who 
insist on their students using the web for scholastic 

The web is NOT an information space.  It is an amplifier. 


From: Paul Sumner Downey [mailto:Paul.Downey@whatfettle.com]

My personal feeling on this:

Microsoft (and others) are actively patenting anything their products rely
upon not because they want to make money from licensing or prevent others
from exploiting XML for document processing or whatever, but so that they
can carry on what they are already doing without being sued by


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