Re: Why do we write standards?
This thread is fascinating. I liken much of what I have heard to the efforts to standardize HDTV, and if you look at that, it's hard to call standardization anything else but good for consumers. Broadcasters beam one type of signal, sets receive one type of signal. The plus side is that once the standard was established, all industry participants had access, and any company could start producing broadcast hardware or HDTV sets. Thus, consumers will reap the benefits of competition between Sony, Philips/Magnavox, Toshiba, etc by having a choice of features and lowering prices as the technology matures. Without the standard, we would have had Beta vs. VCR all over again. Things like TCP/IP and HTTP, which became standards, propelled the Web. Absence of standards led to the current situation in operating systems, where one, through sheer genius of marketing and not ease of use or having "freedom to innovate", became the de facto stadard. So now we can have lawsuits, people who use Linux or Mac OS looking down their noses at Windows users, browser incompatibility leading designers to take more into account to put up a storefront on the Web than they should, etc. In short, a bad situation. Standards are not Socialist, nor are they in the best interest of a consortia, rather are the key to true consumer freedom. Perhaps the W3C is not the body to do it, but perhaps it is as well. I don't know. But I applaud any attempts to take all ideas for solving a problem, bringing the ideas together, and having a handful of smart people hammer out THE solution, so vendors can take it and start putting it in place. And all the while the consumer wins because their only choice is in which product to buy, not which standard to support. Take Care, mike brothers ---------------------- Michael S. Brothers Michael.S.Brothers@E... 515-362-7473 "I shall walk through the valley of the shadow of death. On second thought, I shall run through the valley of the shadow of death, since you get through the valley quicker that way." 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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