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Bill Kearney wrote:
> using XML is better in the long run: it's not proprietary.
While XML itself may not be proprietary, there have been an alarming
number of patents issued and applied for that claim the use of XML in
specific applications. Thus, while XML itself may not be proprietary, its
use may be.
Personally, I believe that those of us who rely on XML every day
should be doing whatever we can to get the law or practice changed to stop
the sort of silliness that is allowing people to chip away at the scope of
applications for which we can use XML. Any claim that says something like
"Doing x with XML." should be rejected. If "Doing x." isn't good enough to
be a claim or if "Doing x with a generic encoding format." isn't good
enough, then the claim should fail. The idea of claiming a patent on
something because you do it with XML or HTML instead of doing it with ASN.1,
XDR, CSV, etc. is ridiculous.
Yes, I've raised this issue before... Numerous times. For one