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Re: Official statement from Microsoft concerning CSS, XSL and US Pa te nt No. 5,860,073

From: Inanis Brooke <alatus@earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 22:12:27 -0800
Message-ID: <000d01be6abc$fa130920$e72eb3d1@alatus>
To: "www-style" <www-style@w3.org>, "WSP" <standards@mercury.projectcool.com>
|Style sheet patents (in which W3C had no small part in specifying),
|Win98 hidden registrations ... (and this is only during the trial).
|Does ANYONE in your organisation EVER stopp to consider WHY Microsoft
|has gotten such a terribly bad reputation? Apparently not. No, you
|cheerfully say that I certainly can get a license to use style sheets -
|thank you I've been using them for a while now and will NOT ask
|permission of "the empire" to continue using them.

I think that the people who maintain these lists will agree with me that
you're hitting "below the belt." These lists are NOT about hatred toward
Microsoft. If you have a problem with Microsoft, then either complain to
your friends, play some of that shockwave celebrity fight fest (or whatever
its called... its so popular that SOMEONE knows what I mean... where you can
punch out celebrities such as Bill Gates,) flame Microsoft, or get over the
fact that this isn't a perfect world. Yes, Microsoft has made a large number
of questionable moves lately. However, I pause to wonder if this is another
fad, like bashing Intel over the initial Pentiums having floating point
arithmetic errors, when virtually no one was concerned at all in 1989 or so
when the 386 chip had similar floating point arithmetic errors. What's my
We're here to talk about the STANDARDS. Your first line was on-topic, but
you flew off after that. And using the list to directly flame Chris Wilson
is ENTIRELY against what these lists are about. Furthermore, he was only
acting in our best interests in making this announcement in the first place.
It wasn't his decision for MS to go after the patent, and he is merely
informing us of what the people who DID make that decision eventually

Let's quit pointing fingers from all around the world, and start shaking
hands from all around the world! Standards are there so that people from
everywhere can get along all on one common wavelength!

Daniel [inanis (edf)]
Received on Wednesday, 10 March 1999 01:09:56 UTC

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