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Re: Incorporating proprietary formats in any recommendation is a BAD idea!

From: Glenn Randers-Pehrson <glennrp@home.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2001 12:39:20 -0400
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To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Bruce Heerssen wrote:
>The problem with incorporating proprietary technologies in official 
>standards (W3C or otherwise), as I see it, is that governments often 
>rely on direction from an applicable standards body.

This is not idle speculation.  For example, the US Department of Defense
relies on W3C and mandates the use of the HTML-4.01, XML-1.0, and the
PNG graphics format, and includes several other W3C documents in its
"emerging standards" list.

See for example paragraphs and of JTA 4.0 at

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