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From: Alice Corbin <ali@axian.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2001 18:53:31 -0700
To: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
Message-ID: <20011007185331.A460@zaphod.axian.com>
In the past, the W3C has greatly helped communication over the internet
by producing standards that everyone could use.  Browser developers might
experiment with extensions, but they had to provide code to render all of
the tags in the standard, or people wouldn't use them.  And web developers,
by adhering to the standard, were assured that their pages could be read
by any browser.

But that's about to change.  Once patented protocols are incorporated into
the standard, the web will begin to fragment.  Web sites that use patented
protocols will no longer be readable by those browsers whose licenses
prohibit the inclusion of patented code.  This will have the same effect
as web sites that use IE or Netscape extensions and cannot be read by
any other browsers, with the remarkable thing being, that these new
browser-specific "extensions" were blessed by the W3C.

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