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   Value of Citations (WAS RE: [xml-dev] W3C suckered by Microsoft?)

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Which is why some companies are pulling away from 
standards development and others are joining consortia 
with participation agreements that mandate royalty-free 
terms for managed intellectual property.

You see the terms but not the conditions.


From: Greg Colyer [mailto:greg-xml@elysium.ltd.uk]

Turning this discussion back round towards XML (or at least standards), 
an interesting example of "uncitation" practice has just come to my 
attention. An official comment has been made on the terms and 
definitions section of a draft ISO standard, stating that it is 
inappropriate in this context to mention the originator of a term, as 
all that a user of the standard needs to know is what it means.

More generally in the standards world it is normal for contributions to 
the text to be unattributed. (Other standards, and certain external 
documents, are cited.) It establishes a kind of house homogeneity and 
authority. Another example, in the press, is the absence of personal 
bylines in The Economist or on newswire services.


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