Costs of the W3C

Ann Navarro ann at
Mon Jan 17 20:23:45 GMT 2000

At 03:01 PM 1/17/00 -0500, David Megginson wrote:

>Can a company like that reasonably devote 20% of one of the senior
>engineers' time to a W3C WG?  Maybe, if the engineer made it a
>condition of employment or if the WG's work were critical to the
>company's success or failure, but I doubt that either is the typical

Probably not, but participation can also give them a competitive edge,
contacts, and a variety of other goodwill that is difficult to quantify in
terms of dollars ROI. 

>That said, I think that Ann and I probably agree that the real cost of
>W3C work or any othe standards work is not the $5K fee but the human
>time that a company has to invest.


(though I wouldn't make toooo many assumptions about my staff costs :) )

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