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Re: Spec license

From: Philip Taylor <pjt47@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 17:24:36 +0000
Message-ID: <49887DD4.8070300@cam.ac.uk>
To: Karl Dubost <karl+w3c@la-grange.net>
CC: James Graham <jgraham@opera.com>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Karl Dubost wrote:
> Maybe we should first identify what are the use cases and see if the set 
> of licenses, we have from W3C Document Licenses to others, covers or not 
> the use cases.
> 
> So far I see
> 
> * Publishing the full or parts of a specification in a book to be sold.
> * Include prose of the specification in software from proprietary to 
> complete open source
> 
> Something else?

* Creating a new competing specification for an HTML-like language, 
without the permission of the W3C, and being able to reuse and modify 
text from the original HTML 5 spec to avoid wasted effort.

The original HTML 5 (Web Applications 1.0) itself is nearly an example, 
though it doesn't actually reuse any text from the previous HTML specs 
(apparently from lack of suitability more than from licensing concerns). 
http://html4all.org/wiki/index.php/HTML_Draft is an example of an 
independently-developed competing language specification, though it 
looks like it currently only copies IDL from the HTML 5 spec. It seems 
good to support these efforts (by letting them build on the existing 
work) since they may produce a better end result than the work that's 
entirely inside the W3C. (But I can imagine some people will have 
fundamental objections to this use case.)

-- 
Philip Taylor
pjt47@cam.ac.uk
Received on Tuesday, 3 February 2009 17:25:16 UTC

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