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Re: [xml-dev] SGML default attributes.

On Sun, May 8, 2016 at 9:48 AM, Steve Newcomb <srn@coolheads.com> wrote:

We, the W3C, were going to be the hegemon of the Web, with secret, members-only meetings, no public records of decision-making, and a brilliant strategy that, in combination with a lax U.S. Justice Department, made the Sherman Antitrust Act entirely irrelevant to the Web.  And all you legacy workers in the field?  You're either with us on all of that, and you're big enough to pay the membership fees and send your employees to the private meetings to collude with the employees of other such big players, or you will have no influence -- unless, of course, you agree to the secrecy and you turn out to contribute something that the big players turn out to like, uh, I mean, the Director turns out to like.

I would like to think I helped push the W3C toward greater openness with the briefly notorious "Pope 32767" message sixteen years ago, that revealed to this list (and the XML world) the impasse over relative URIs as namespace names, of all now-obscure things.  Doubtless it would have come anyway, but things happen when and because they happen, even if there are many potential paths leading to them.  To compare the less with the far greater, it didn't have to be Princip who killed the Archduke, or even the Archduke who was killed, but in fact it was.

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