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Re: DOM binding considered harmful, discriminates against open source]

From: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 11:21:52 +0100
Message-ID: <38561A40.FF2D7EA@w3.org>
To: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
CC: www-dom@w3.org
John Cowan wrote:
> 
> Eric Richardson wrote:
> 
> > Could someone explain why free/open source would have to use different
> > packages. This would defeat
> > the portability in Java once the DOM can support full portability(version
> > 3?).
> 
> It's just that as written, the Java/JavaScript/IDL code in the DOM is under
> the W3C document copyright rather than the W3C software copyright.
> The document copyright (rightly) forbids changing anything, but software
> that contains unchangeable components is not Open Source
> (http://www.opensource.org/osd.html).  Making the DOM code available under
> the software copyright, extended to say "If you modify this you can't
> use w3c.* packages or claim DOM compliance any more", does the trick.

Lauren Wood and the W3C worked on the copyright, read the new
copyright notice in the CR document:
http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/CR-DOM-Level-2-19991210/copyright-notice.html

The open source organization is on the W3C agenda. I'll forward the
decision in this mailing list.

Regards,
Philippe.
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Philippe Le Hegaret - http://www.w3.org/People/LeHegaret/
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), DOM Activity Lead
Received on Tuesday, 14 December 1999 05:22:01 GMT

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