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'propietary languages' section -- remove it

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 13:27:26 -0800
To: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <8B62A039C620904E92F1233570534C9B0118C83C968B@nambx04.corp.adobe.com>
In response to:

[cid:image001.png@01C9764B.9D8C1D40]<http://www.w3.org/html/wg/tracker/actions/78/edit> ACTION-78<http://www.w3.org/html/wg/tracker/actions/78> on Larry Masinter: Suggestion text for 1.5.4 Relationship to Flash, Silverlight, XUL and similar proprietary languages - due 2009-01-22 - open

I have some alternatives I could propose, but my suggestion is that the entire section be removed from the specification.  The current text is political and inflammatory, and does not contribute to the understanding of the text:
"This specification is independent of the various proprietary application languages that various vendors provide, but is intended to address many of the same problems.
In contrast with proprietary languages, this specification is intended to define an openly-produced, vendor-neutral language, to be implemented in a broad range of competing products, across a wide range of platforms and devices. This enables developers to write applications that are not limited to one vendor's implementation or language. Furthermore, while writing applications that target vendor-specific platforms necessarily introduces a cost that application developers and their customers or users will face if they are forced to switch (or desire to switch) to another vendor's platform, using an openly-produced and vendor neutral language means that application authors can switch vendors with little to no cost."
I have some alternative text which is also political and inflammatory but from a different perspective, which I will share if removing this section from the document isn't generally acceptable.

Larry
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