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Re: Please explain the role of the W3C in the continuing development of HTML

From: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:56:28 +0100
Message-ID: <AANLkTin2JrBxcYY9DGkTBfF3CriPft6sjRBbnb5MZvUZ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: nathan@webr3.org, Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>, www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>, Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
On 25 February 2011 03:26, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> wrote:
> On Fri, 18 Feb 2011, Danny Ayers wrote:
>> At the other end of the scale, at the 'living spec' end, what safeguards
>> are there to prevent a single vendor setting the agenda with the
>> features it has in the pipeline?
> They're all always trying to do that. That's what competition is about.
> This happens regardless of the spec (indeed, it happens even without
> specs). It's not a problem specific to the "living standard" model.

But with a versioned spec there is a finite boundary for a particular
version, and while a single vendor may still dominate there's only
going to be room for features A, B and C. With a "living standard"
it's open-ended, a single vendor can continually influence the
trajectory by proposing features D, E, F...

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