Namespaces from where?

Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo at
Fri Sep 18 16:51:02 BST 1998

At 6:50 PM -0400 9/17/98, Chris Maden wrote:

>I also want to make it clear that I wasn't questioning the W3C's
>decision to keep its archives private.  It is a private organization,
>and doesn't have any moral or legal obligation to share work paid for
>by its members.

Legal, perhaps not. Moral, I completely disagree. A lot of people are VERY
uncomfortable with a few, private, for-profit corporations being allowed to
set the standards that all of us have to live with. I think the Web is too
important to be designed int the best interests of Microsoft and Netscape.
The W3C may be a vendor consortium, but perhaps it should not be.  It is
unconscionable that the interests of users and developers are not
represented in the standards process.

Quibbling about legal distinctions between specifications and standards is
irrelevant. What the W3C produces are more effective standards than much
paper that comes out of ISO or other standards bodies.

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