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CNET News.com: Why open standards are a myth

Aug 06, 1999, 20:56 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Festa)

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"The rhetoric behind the technological control over instant messaging is beginning to resemble campaign speeches on family values in an election year--and is inspiring similar cynicism."

"While open standards still play an important role in disciplining Internet software development, public discussion of standards has largely evolved--or degenerated--into a corporate tool, where a firm can maneuver itself on either side of an issue depending on its position in a particular market.

It boils down to this: If your company is a leader in its field, an open standard is not in your best interest because it could allow others to get a piece of the business. If your company is not a leader, this is exactly why you want to level the field."

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