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Phipps: Flattered But Not Impressed

Nov 30, 2005, 23:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"If imitation is the sincerest part of flattery, then we at Sun feel very flattered by Microsoft's decision to start using non-assert covenants as a way to give developers freedom from fear in their use of standards (even if they don't credit us). Like Andy Updegrove, I've taken some time to consider their document, and I've some comments I hope they'll take on board when they get round to making a covenant that actually applies to Office 12 or to the work they'll offer to Ecma International (neither of which has happened yet).

"In the spirit of contribution, then, here are six observations about their covenant..."

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