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RE: Facts to Support RAND? was: Re: more pate nt fun

  • To: 'Tim Bray' <tbray@t...>, Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@m...>
  • Subject: RE: Facts to Support RAND? was: Re: more pate nt fun
  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@i...>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 16:00:45 -0600
  • Cc: xml-dev@l...

nt rand
And they pretty much killed the use of GIFs over time, 
at least, I seldom see people making them these days. 
Plus, a lot of Unisys employees almost went after the 
guy that did that with pitchforks because we were 
excorciated.  Pain begets obedience if not good will.

Unisys had a web browser project too, but dropped it because 
they observed they would get everything they needed from 
Microsoft.  Here's the rub:  it was a markup browser not 
an HTML browser and the inside experts told them that 
generalized markup had no future in the face of HTML.  D'oh!


-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Bray [mailto:tbray@t...]

(a) I was talking about claiming patent rights on some basic 
nonproprietary protocol/format like HTTP/XML/HTML etc, and
(b) Last time I checked neither of those are profitable :)

If there were an existence proof, it would be GIF, but the amount Unisys 
raked in is trivial compared to the amount they've made selling 
computers to support web applications of one kind or another -Tim


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