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Firmly against standards 'patents'

From: Ray Drainville / Argument from Design <ray@ardes.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 19:43:01 +0100
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I've read--with not a little horror--that the World Wide Web Consortium is
considering 'patenting' web standards. I would like to point out that the
notion is ridiculous and unenforceable. Worse, it will encourage developers
to use non-standard, perhaps proprietary web formats in order to avoid
ridiculous fees.

I find it breath-taking that after years of delay, developers are finally
taking the notion of standards compliance seriously; and you make this move.
It's wrong-headed, it's crass, and ultimately if you adopt this strategy you
will heap an unbelievable amount of scorn upon yourself. And I'll be one of
the first with a big shovel.


Ray Drainville
Argument from Design-Web & Multimedia
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Phone: 44 (0) 114 266 7712
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