why distinctions within XHTML?
david-b at pacbell.net
Tue Aug 31 17:51:29 BST 1999
Ann Navarro wrote:
> At 12:08 AM 8/31/99 -0700, David Brownell wrote:
> >Ann Navarro wrote:
> >> Part of the problem here is what is and what isn't confidential discussions
> >> in a WG. If this were a W3C-internal list, I could be more forthcoming ...
> >And of course, that's the cause of a lot of the problems.
> >The more I watch things at W3C, the more I feel that the Web should be
> >driven instead by a standards organization with public accountability.
> >Being accountable to vendors who have vested interests in bloatware (as
> >key parts of new barriers to entry) isn't the right model.
> Take a look at the membership list: http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Member/List
> While there are certainly the large industry players on there, there's lots
> of little guys
I didn't say "big" vendors -- you did. Smaller vendors (including
"little guys" whose incomes are a function of taming complexity) can
have interests in creating bloatware too.
The folk who do _not_ have vested interests in bloated software are
typically represented by checks and balances in the standards-making
process. But W3C, unlike other groups (such as the IETF, IEEE, ANSI)
doesn't have any effective checks on such biases.
> -- and indeed my own constituency (the HTML Writers Guild),
> effectively represents 100,000 individual little guys. We're not
> "accountable to vendors....". We act on our own behalf, and have the same
> power as any other participant. Our Microsoft participant doesn't get his
> way any more than anyone else does :)
And I didn't mention Microsoft, either. It's evident that they're
a vendor with the proven desire and capability to create bloatware,
but they're not in it alone.
One doesn't need to be a conspiracy theorist to identify real flaws
in how the W3C does its business. As a steward of an international
resource, it should be as accountable to customers as to vendors.
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