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Sunday, September 30, 2001

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Microsoft Buys Web Standards!!

DaveNet sent this out:

The W3C is a consortium of companies of all sizes. My company, UserLand Software, is a member. We agree on a common philosophy -- a level playing field, interoperation between software, and choice for users and developers. That's the foundation that the Web was built on, it's what kept the Web ticking through the dotcom lunacy.
Now several large companies, led by Microsoft, Philips, Apple and Hewlett-Packard, are trying to become the platform vendor that the Internet never had, and imho that's totally counter to the charter for the Internet, and therefore, the W3C.
We may not have the support of the US government in re freedom for developers, but at least we can shame the abusers, force them back into hiding, lest their customers and partners get wind of their greed

Patents and free Internet standards
read here - go there
Source: DaveNet

If this is passed as proposed, you will buy your web from Microsoft.

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W3C Patent Policy
read here - go there
Source: openphd.net
HatTip Dave Weiner @ Userland

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