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Re: W3C's XHTML QA plan

From: Shane P. McCarron <shane@aptest.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 11:16:10 -0600
Message-ID: <3C55875A.4A2035C2@aptest.com>
To: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
CC: Andrew Thackrah <andrew@opengroup.org>, www-qa@w3.org, Art.Barstow@nokia.com, mimasa@w3.org


Karl Dubost wrote:
> 
> At 10:07 -0600 2002-01-28, Shane P. McCarron wrote:
> >I think you are confused.  This will be public.  However, since you (the
> >W3C) declined to help us build it and showed no interest in its
> >construction, we formed a group to do the work.
> 
> Thanks for this information Shane. :)
> 
> >Karl Dubost wrote:
> >>
> >>  At 09:11 -0600 2002-01-28, Shane P. McCarron wrote:
> >>  >Basically, this means that we will release it to the W3C and its members
> >>  >under a suitable license agreement.  Use of it will be free and
> >  > >unencumbered.  That is what the members of the TDG have agreed, anyway.
> 
> You said "we will release it to the W3C and its members under a
> suitable license agreement". Could you explain a bit this piece?
> When I say public, it's accessible for the public at large not only
> the W3C membership.
> 
> Thanks for your clarifications.

The TDG members have not discussed the possibility of making it
available to non-W3C members.  Our purpose here is to create a test tool
for the benefit of the W3C community, and in particular browser
manufacturers.  If you feel that this must include non-W3C members, I am
sure we can work that out.  Basically, I am continually surprised that
you do not do more for the exclusive benefit of your members...  If
everyone can use everything, then what is the incentive to become a
member?  The WAP Forum restricts their test suite licenses to their
members as a benefit of membership.

In terms of license text, I expect it would look something like the
classic Perl Artistic license, or the classic X Window system license. 
These basically say "you can do whatever you want with this, providing
the license remains the same and providing people can still get the
original, classic version".


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