why distinctions within XHTML?

Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Wed Sep 1 15:03:13 BST 1999

>>Ann Navarro wrote:
>While there are certainly the large industry players on there, there's lots
>of little guys -- 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 :)

I don't know how the HTML Writers Guild is structured, but Section 5g of
the W3C membership agreement
<http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Agreement/Full.html> states:

If the Member is itself a consortium, user society, or otherwise has members or
sponsors, the rights and privileges granted under this Agreement extend only to
the paid employees of the Member, not to its members or sponsors.

This essentially excludes many non-profit organizations based around
talented volunteers such as WWWAC. In other words, WWWAC can pay our
$15,000 for the required 3-year membership. but none of us will actually be
allowed to participate since none of us are employees of WWWAC.

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