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Re: We must fork the SVG standard (was: SVGA 1.0 uses RAND -> DO NOT ! implement it, DO NOT ! use it)

From: Glenn Randers-Pehrson <glennrp@home.com>
Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 08:42:15 -0400
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To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Dan Phillips wrote:
>[Chris Lilley wrote:]
>> Please get your facts in order. The public review period of the SVG 1.0
>> specification (from first public working draft on 11 February 1999 to
>> end of the Proposed Recommendation period on 16 August, 2001) was *over
>> 29 months*
>Let me get this straight.  You claim the public review period for SVG did not 
>go by quietly?  From the list archive:
>   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-svg/
>we see:
>  Total comments for August 2001: 60

From the message titles, it appears that *none* of the 60 discuss the
patent policy.

Of 63 messages in July, 4 seem to deal with patent policy.  One of these
says that there was a lot of discussion about it in the closed list but
it was just "a bunch of talking".

Of 40 messages in September, 2 seem to have to do with patent policy.

None of the 3 messages in October mention it.

I remind you that the public review period beginning 11 February 1999
was to review a document that said nothing about patent policy.  That
didn't appear until July 2001, as far as I can tell, and public comment
was not invited on that document.  I personally would have commented
anyhow but was indisposed at the time and didn't see the July document
until this week.

I applaud the W3C for its hard work on the technical aspects of SVG
and for considering patent implications.  I disagree with the decision
to allow RAND licensing of SVG features, whatever those features might

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