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   RE: [xml-dev] Competing Specifications - A Good or Bad Thing?

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It depends on the local issues.  A single spec for a 
new technology might indicate a proprietary development 
ripe for IP exploitation.  If it works, why not?  Not 
everything is in the commons and that assumption of 
community property for all things web is one way to 
sort out the naive and inexperienced including those 
who offer up single spec/single use specifications 
labeled or processed as standards.   Respect for IP 
is the way forward.  IP keiretsu in the form of consortia 
managed royalty free contributions will work both 
for ensuring that submissions are vetted under 
participation agreements, and for keeping as much 
IP as is workable in the commons of jointly indemified 

People make assumptions.  That is how they learn.  If 
they don't, they fail.  Life and death in the ecosystem.

We got here because too many stopped focusing on developing 
software and started playing the standards game.  I blame 
the W3C squarely for that.  This community made its own 
problems and this community will have to face up to the 
job of fixing the mythInformation it created.


From: Hunsberger, Peter [mailto:Peter.Hunsberger@STJUDE.ORG]

Bullard, Claude L (Len) <clbullar@ingr.com> writes:

> +1
> except competing specifications are fine.  for new 
> technology. competing standards are bad.  they codify 
> practice as you say.

If true, then a single spec. would be even worse; people would be even
more likely to assume it is the only way to do things...


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