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Re: Costs of the W3C

  • From: Ann Navarro <ann@w...>
  • To: David Megginson <david@m...>,"xml-dev" <xml-dev@i...>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 15:25:37 -0500

Re: Costs of the W3C
At 03:01 PM 1/17/00 -0500, David Megginson wrote:

>Can a company like that reasonably devote 20% of one of the senior
>engineers' time to a W3C WG?  Maybe, if the engineer made it a
>condition of employment or if the WG's work were critical to the
>company's success or failure, but I doubt that either is the typical
>case.

Probably not, but participation can also give them a competitive edge,
contacts, and a variety of other goodwill that is difficult to quantify in
terms of dollars ROI. 


>That said, I think that Ann and I probably agree that the real cost of
>W3C work or any othe standards work is not the $5K fee but the human
>time that a company has to invest.

Yes 

(though I wouldn't make toooo many assumptions about my staff costs :) )

Ann
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