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ZDNet: Standards Chief Caught in Patent Storm

Sep 26, 2002, 10:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Festa)

"If you want to adhere to the latest official protocol for building a Web application, it could cost you.

"Welcome to the latest controversy roiling the World Wide Web Consortium, the standards body responsible for shepherding Web technologies like XML and HTML.

"This particular controversy began brewing nearly a year ago when the W3C first contemplated a change that would let its working groups incorporate technologies that already had intellectual property claims--and royalties--attached to them. The W3C subsequently backed away from that stance in the face of strong opposition and reaffirmed its policy of only recommending royalty-free technologies..."

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