Re: Alternatives to the W3C
Michael Rose wrote: > > If the answer the answer to that question is yes (which apparently it > is), and if that difference is important (which it seems to be to a > significant number of developers here) then shouldn't future W3C > standards address this problem? Otherwise, why should we even bother > with the standards? > > If browsers are really a commodity then, as others have said, the > innovations should go through the W3C. Then browsers X and Y can > compete on other features, reliability being an excellent example. That brings us back to the original thread: alternatives to the W3C. The W3C does not insist on reliability in implementation. Here is a different tact: consider that the W3C specs are imcomplete with regards to implementation. Reliability is testable for implemented components. A spec may provide conformance criteria for conformance testing. This is how MPEG approaches the problem using patented technologies. The patents are an emotional issue for some and in my opinion, the content must not be tied to a patented implementation. Yet, a patented implementation such as MPEG may provide licensed components with provable performance and conformance numbers that can deliver that content reliably. Those who have said they insist on IE5 do so because they are insisting on reliability in the implementation of features to support the content. They do not choose to get reliability for universal access through lowest common denominator design. len 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/ or CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 Unsubscribe by posting to majordom@i... the message unsubscribe xml-dev (or) unsubscribe xml-dev your-subscribed-email@your-subscribed-address Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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