RE: W3C Rants (was: RE: W3C as Golden Goose ...)
I have said the reading of the text confirms the danger of not having patent policies. We did a long thread earlier in the year in which the conclusion is that the IP worth owning is patents, and that companies that want to profit by IP will pursue them relentlessly. We didn't make the problem; it is there. The W3C is trying to deal with it as others have in a business-like way. Finally... As for their performance, it is easy when the bank accounts are flush. Let's see how they fare as economic conditions remove the abundant free labor supply and the work force narrows to member contributions from thosw who understand the value of their patents in a consortium that enables them to lock in market share by pretending to offer standards over specifications. len -----Original Message----- From: Sebastian Schnitzenbaumer [mailto:schnitz@m...] I think you're going a bit too far: - The whole patent bullshit was there before the W3C. The W3C is just trying to deal with it. Corporate patent lawyers harvesting nearly everything they pick up from developers in their coffee break at big software companies and filing those patents (aka "inventions") to even more uninformed government patent agencies is the more serious problem. - The W3C is just trying to do the right thing in this hairy issue. The good thing is that the W3C acutally listens to the outside world. If some proposed idea is bad - we can tell them - they will listen - they will react. That's actually pretty good for any organization that size. - "I do not find the W3C performance in these areas credible as a standards organization." Wait a minute! You're arguing that the W3C should become an "ex post facto" standards body again, standardizing "technology fully understood and available for implementation". Giving that thinking today we would never have XML, XSLT, XPath or even HTML and the Web itself in our hands. Someone has to pioneer this stuff! This is XML-DEV, right? Who came up with XML, Microsoft? Oasis? The Pentagon? Shall we wait for them to develop "best practise" industry approaches and then have the W3C just put a stamp on it? To recall, the whole idea behind the W3C is exactly to have the industry come together and share their collective experiences and requirements from the markets and then develop something universal based on that. Worked pretty well so far, I'd say.
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