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Re: Potential Partial Solution

From: Jake Robb <jakerobb@mac.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 12:37:56 -0400
To: W3C Public Web Plugins List <public-web-plugins@w3.org>
Message-ID: <BB74F9A4.E2FD%jakerobb@mac.com>

Christian and I just had an off-list discussion regarding his suggestion.  I
am now under the impression that it was meant as a way to show the world
(and more specifically, US lawmakers) that the current patent system needs
work, and only as a poor solution to the actual plugin problem.

His suggestion would effectively create two mutually exclusive and
incompatible World Wide Webs.  I think we can all agree that it's not a good
solution from that standpoint, but that was the point of the suggestion in
the first place.

If you're asked to wash the dishes, and you don't like doing dishes, break
some dishes.  The person asking you to wash the dishes may rethink the
original decision that you should be the one washing dishes.

-Jake



Scott Cadillac wrote:

> 
> Sorry, I just can't see this as a practical idea.
> 
> I build business applications for Intranets, where I use MSIE exclusively as
> the client.
> 
> As much as I love MSIE and all it's well supported technologies, this would
> wipe out many smaller businesses and ultimately stifle innovation.
> 
> Down the road, I'm thinking the fall-out from this Patent case will equally
> affect MSIE and other more rigidly standard based browsers like Mozilla.
> 
> But Microsoft is the only one with the resources for the new development
> that's needed - who's going to pay these other developers to collaborate on
> such an effort? Likely nobody.
> 
> It's too obvious who would dominate the North American market - and the rest
> of the world would have nothing (or a patchy beta at best).
> 
> I see this kind of approach as bad for everyone.
> 
> Scott Cadillac,
> XML-Extranet - http://xmlx.ca
> 403-281-6090 - scott@xmlx.ca
> Well-formed Development
> --
> Extranet solutions using C# .NET, Witango, MSIE and XML
> 
> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: public-web-plugins-request@w3.org
>> [mailto:public-web-plugins-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of
>> SerpentMage (Christian Gross)
>> Sent: Friday, August 29, 2003 9:45 AM
>> To: W3C Public Web Plugins List
>> Subject: Re: Potential Partial Solution
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Jake Robb wrote:
>> 
>>> SerpentMage (Christian Gross) wrote:
>>> 
>>>  
>>> 
>>>> However, the community has at hand a perfect opportunity to make a
>>>> statement.  If all the browser software vendors decided to make one
>>>> browser for the American market and another browser for the
>> rest of the
>>>> world, then the issue could settle itself.
>>>>    
>>>> 
>>> 
>>> I don't even know where to begin arguing.  This is not a possibility.
>>>  
>>> 
>> Interesting....
>> 
>> Christian Gross
>> 
> 
Received on Friday, 29 August 2003 12:38:18 GMT

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