RE: facts, conclusions, and exhortations re XML (long)
Steven R. Newcomb wrote: > I ran across more evidence of Microsoft's anticompetitive behavior > recently. Most of you probably already knew about it. XPath, as > implemented by Microsoft, provides access to the first node of any > nodelist as the zeroeth node (the node in the list that is addressed > by an array index value of 0), while the relevant W3C draft requires > it to be the first (index value of 1) node. "XPath as implemented by Microsoft", do you have a link or two about this? A lot of folks I know are drooling for MS to implement the new XPath and XSLT Recommendations, yet you're saying not only have they already done it, but they've deliberately sabotaged it! ? > One way to pay taxes is to be forced to buy new software every few > years. But what if the services that the taxes are supposed to pay > for are suboptimal, or distributed unfairly or unwisely? What if the > tax collectors line their own pockets with obscene amounts of money > and power, at the worldwide public's involuntary expense? Government -- the real monopoly -- *forces* you to pay taxes. You have *no other choice*. Try not paying them. I don't know if your children will be buying MS software or services in 50 years; I guarantee you their Government will be taking (by force) "its share" ... > "Information owners and users of the world, unite! Insist that the > software and systems you buy are built to guarantee that the value > of your information cannot be diminished merely by technological > change, or by the caprices of would-be world dominators (in Redmond > or elsewhere), or by the fortunes of your software providers. > Quite literally, you have nothing to lose but the product > differentiation barriers that jeopardize your economic security and > progress." Lord. I'd have to go with the Evil Capitalist Monopolistic Empire if the alternative is based on rhetoric that gave us USSRs and Tiananmen Squares. [There are *some* at MS who get it, especially with regard to XML. (That doesn't include the last FrontPage, Office, or ASP teams :). It's a constantly changing company -- if you want to "reform" it, give it competition and "vote" with your dollars. Microsoft listens to competition; too bad the previous competition was Netscape.] /Jelks xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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