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Re: Why is the W3c so 'closed'?

From: Ethan Fremen <mindlace@majordomo.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 15:38:43 +0000
Message-ID: <383EA983.8B1C599C@majordomo.net>
To: Matthew Brealey <thelawnet@yahoo.com>
CC: www-style <www-style@w3.org>
Matthew Brealey wrote:
> Closed processes suck.
> Open processes suck.
> Perhaps someone would like to point out the major
> logical error?!

The major logical error is that MS and NS were the two big browser
companies.  As browser makers, they're free to write their HTML parser
any way they like, and for at least the time of HTML 2.0-3.0, that's
exactly what they did. The W3C did what they could to address their
concerns in order to get them writing parsers that complied with
Recommendations. This is A Good Thing.

This is becoming more of a reality today than ever before.  If you care
to get more actively involved in the implementation of browsers and
standards, you can work for the Mozilla group (www.mozilla.org).  I'm
sure that if you start contributing substantively with those folks,
you'll start to see some of the W3C's work in action.

Alternatively, you can pay the US$5k a year to join.  The process isn't
closed, it's just not "open to all".

Ethan "mindlace" Fremen
you cannot abdicate responsibility
for your ideology.
Received on Friday, 26 November 1999 10:33:27 UTC

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