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Consortium Standard Bulletin: A Call For Communication Between Communities

Mar 23, 2005, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Updegrove)

"The impetus for finally addressing the topic of openness in this issue is a recent open letter delivered by 29 individuals in the vanguard of the open source movement to OASIS--the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (disclosure: this author is legal counsel to OASIS). In that letter, the authors called for a boycott of all standards created, and all standard setting conducted, by OASIS that fail to meet the authors' concept of openness...

"While this ultimatum represents the extreme edge of conduct in an ongoing debate, it nevertheless underlines the importance that is attached to rules and licensing terms, and the special status of openness as an essential element of the standard setting process..."

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