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Sm@rtReseller:Web patent issues plague Microsoft

Feb 05, 1999, 21:38 (1 Talkback[s])

"Web style sheet, plug-in technologies are the latest hot buttons."

"Microsoft's decision to patent style sheets was met with dismay by a number of standards advocates, who noted that the W3C is attempting to create publicly available standards in two related arenas: cascading style sheets and eXtensible Style Language. Microsoft is an active participant in the W3C standards process in both of these arenas"

"... we at the W3C are interested in the advancement of open standards," said W3C public relations manager Janet Daly, emphasizing the word "open."

"In a separate patent issue, Microsoft was sued this week by a Wheaton, Ill., software developer over the developer's ownership claim for the technology that enables the embedding of applets in a Web page and/or system software...."

"Eolas Technologies Inc. filed suit in federal court on Feb. 2 over claimed infringement on its patent, granted in November of last year, covering what Eolas claims was "the first browser system that, for example, allowed for the embedding of small interactive programs, such as 'plug-ins,' 'applets,' 'scriptlets' or ActiveX Controls into Web documents."

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