facts, conclusions, and exhortations re XML (long)
jelks at jelks.nu
Sun Nov 21 09:03:09 GMT 1999
Steven R. Newcomb wrote:
> I ran across more evidence of Microsoft's anticompetitive behavior
> recently. Most of you probably already knew about it. XPath, as
> implemented by Microsoft, provides access to the first node of any
> nodelist as the zeroeth node (the node in the list that is addressed
> by an array index value of 0), while the relevant W3C draft requires
> it to be the first (index value of 1) node.
"XPath as implemented by Microsoft", do you have a link or two about this? A
lot of folks I know are drooling for MS to implement the new XPath and XSLT
Recommendations, yet you're saying not only have they already done it, but
they've deliberately sabotaged it! ?
> One way to pay taxes is to be forced to buy new software every few
> years. But what if the services that the taxes are supposed to pay
> for are suboptimal, or distributed unfairly or unwisely? What if the
> tax collectors line their own pockets with obscene amounts of money
> and power, at the worldwide public's involuntary expense?
Government -- the real monopoly -- *forces* you to pay taxes. You have *no
other choice*. Try not paying them. I don't know if your children will be
buying MS software or services in 50 years; I guarantee you their Government
will be taking (by force) "its share" ...
> "Information owners and users of the world, unite! Insist that the
> software and systems you buy are built to guarantee that the value
> of your information cannot be diminished merely by technological
> change, or by the caprices of would-be world dominators (in Redmond
> or elsewhere), or by the fortunes of your software providers.
> Quite literally, you have nothing to lose but the product
> differentiation barriers that jeopardize your economic security and
Lord. I'd have to go with the Evil Capitalist Monopolistic Empire if the
alternative is based on rhetoric that gave us USSRs and Tiananmen Squares.
[There are *some* at MS who get it, especially with regard to XML. (That
doesn't include the last FrontPage, Office, or ASP teams :). It's a constantly
changing company -- if you want to "reform" it, give it competition and "vote"
with your dollars. Microsoft listens to competition; too bad the previous
competition was Netscape.]
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