confidentiality in W3C WGs

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at
Fri Sep 10 20:10:41 BST 1999

At 10:46 AM 9/10/99 -0700, Tim Bray wrote:
>As a historical note, one big reason why Tim B-L and the guys were able 
>to bootstrap the W3C back in '94 was the public self-destruction of the 
>HTML3 process over in the IETF.  I wasn't there so I won't comment on it, 
>but it's certainly an interesting story. -T.

I've heard that story described (by someone sympathetic to the IETF
perspective, who must remain unnamed) as the:

'One broken process deserves another more broken process theory of standards'

Of course, he (I think I can acknowledge gender) didn't think it was broken
in the first place, but you know how these things go...

Simon St.Laurent
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