No longer "world-wide"?

I will think twice the next time I peruse any of the recommendations
on  If this (patents in standards) passes, I will avoid the
site just as I boycott Amazon and find alternative sources of
documentation, such as

In concrete terms:

   1) You're cutting me and other conscientious developers out of your
      world by doing this, so please consider renaming yourself
      something other than the "World Wide" Web Consortium.

   2) If you're going to do it anyway, at least be conspicuous about
      known claims and potential claims on standards and drafts.  If
      anything is worse than software patents, it's submarine patents.

Thank you.

John Tobey <>

Received on Sunday, 30 September 2001 11:15:42 UTC