RE: Alternatives to the W3C
And of course, Microsoft will leap at the chance to open their source code to us all... This just moves the problem into the politcal arena. If I was the Chinese government, I'd want something in it which enabled me to track who you were and what you did. I suppose the Dubai government would too, since you can get 5 years jail in Dubai for reading the CNN web site. What level of encryption should it support? US government restricts key-length, while Sweden believes it is a universal truth that ALL information should be available to everyone, while in the UK, the police assume encyrption is only ever needed if you're committing a crime. Next, of course, if I'm Microsoft (or Netscape) I "support" the open source by pushing for features which enhance the appeal of my proprietary systems and the cost of my competitors. Look what's happening in W3C now, some of the XML proposals are there simply to counter-act some competitor's proposals. Trust to the chaotic anarchy of the net, if there's a need, someone will eventually fill it. In the early days of any new technological revolution the field is always dominated by a few big boys who got there first. But it never lasts. Microsoft is really alot like Ford was in the 20's. For most people then a "car" was a Model T, and "you could have any color, so long as it was black", as the saying goes. 20 years later and there were hundreds of models from dozens of manufacturers. Give it time... Brandt Dainow bd@i... Internet Etc Ltd http://www.internet-etc.com >-----Original Message----- >From: owner-xml-dev@i... [mailto:owner-xml-dev@i...]On >Behalf Of >Don Park >Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2000 4:16 AM >To: 'XML Dev' >Subject: RE: Alternatives to the W3C > > >I think we will all benefit tremendously if there was just >one browser to support. If AOL/Netscape exit the browser >'business', Microsoft could be 'asked' politely to place IE >into public domain. A non-profit open source organization >could be setup to coordinate merging of Mozilla and IE into a >universal browser and beyond. > >Effects of such an event to W3C is somewhat difficult to guage >though. > >Best, > >Don Park - mailto:donpark@d... >Docuverse - http://www.docuverse.com > > >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 >Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation >for transfer to OASIS. > > 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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