facts, conclusions, and exhortations re XML (long)
Clark C. Evans
clark.evans at manhattanproject.com
Mon Nov 22 01:06:37 GMT 1999
On Sun, 21 Nov 1999, Jelks Cabaniss wrote:
> Government -- the real monopoly -- *forces* you to pay taxes.
It is "taxation without representation" that led the
founders of the United States to fight for independence.
Microsoft makes no efforts to be representative, so
comparing Microsoft to a democratic government is
> You have *no other choice*.
Wrong. You can leave the country -- about as much choice
as you have in a corporate environment with regard to which
operating system you will use. Ballance is required -- both
capitalism and democracy are bad in their extreme.
Therefore, we are here on this list to give firm support,
resonable critique, and committment to a governmental-like
organization, the W3C, which exists to define the rules by
which our software programs (read business processes) will
cooperate in a competitive business environment. Any threat
to undermine these rules must be taken seriously, and this
I believe is the meat of Steve's argument.
> [Microsoft is 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.
You obviously have not read Judge Jackson's findings of fact.
Standards, in this case the W3C's XML standards are what
will enable this reform by putting competitors on equal footing.
Right now, if your implementation disagrees with Microsoft's
implementation -- you are wrong. Independent standards hope
to change this... if they do not, then other, more drastic
measures, like Open Source software are our only hope for a
fair environment for vigorous competition.
That being said, I hope that Microsoft does not have a policy
to subvert XML. However, given the Judge's findings, I am not
going to dismiss the possibility of a less-than-honorable Microsoft.
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