W3C's 'Moral Majesty'

Rick Jelliffe ricko at allette.com.au
Sun Sep 19 22:17:16 BST 1999

Before I start, I should say again that I hope that we can keep this
away from sounding
like attacks on individuals.  Already some W3C people apparantly think
that people
raising serious questions are "agitated" or conspiracy theorists (though
of course
GBS's aphorism along the lines that "Every profession turns into a
conspiracy against
the public" should be salutory to us all).

From: Dan Brickley <Daniel.Brickley at bristol.ac.uk>

>On Sun, 19 Sep 1999, Steven R. Newcomb wrote:

>> [...] The W3C is a software vendor consortium; people (including W3C
>> members) who believe otherwise are deluding themselves.
>I'm sorry, I can't let this one just slip past. As Bristol University's
>Advisory Committee representative to W3C, I can assure you that agendas
>other than software vending are represented. Bristol University may be
>many things, and there are many groups here who do produce saleable
>software, but we're not software vendors. We joined W3C to participate
>in the development of specifications that affect teaching, learning and
>research applications in our *.ac.uk environment. And we're not alone
>in this...

(My employer, Academia Sinica, has also recently joined W3C.) It is
clear from (public) member lists that non-commercial interests do not
dominate numerically or financially.

Rick Jelliffe
Not speaking privately, not on behalf of my employer.

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