OSS vs W3C? was: Next Round

Chris Maden crism at oreilly.com
Thu Jan 21 20:17:25 GMT 1999

[Bill la Forge]
> Open Source Software and vendor controlled standards bodies, IMHO,
> are a poor marrage.  The advantage of Java and XML is that they let
> you do significant work without the need for a large team effort.

[John Cowan]
> Java is a vendor-controlled standard (maybe soon to go away).
> XML is a vendor-consortium-controlled standard.

[Simon St.Laurent]
> I think you missed his point, which I suspect has something to do
> with the fact that XML and Java are good foundations on which we can
> layer further work (SAX, MDSAX, etc.) without having to turn it over
> to a bunch of vendors who can't be trusted to do the right things
> for users (including developers).

Did you mean the bunch of vendors who invented XML, or the one vendor
of that bunch that developed Java?  If you don't trust them, why are
you building further on their technology?  And if that technology was
so good, why not give them a chance to keep going?

I wish the process were more open.  But we had an open process, and
Netscape and Microsoft ignored it.  If we have to throw them a bone of
early adoption to get buy-in, I'll go for it.

Unfortunately, it looks like the actual buy-in may have been
temporary, but I'll wait for an FCS to make that judgment.

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