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Upside: AOL plays ball with open standards group

Jun 21, 2000, 14:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"...As Bradner and other IETF members are quick to point out, the current excitement over open source development owes much to the early successes of the IETF open standards model."

"The IETF supported the concept of open source long before the open source movement was formed," he writes. "There is an intrinsic partnership between open standards processes, open documentation and open sources."

"Unlike the open software development model, however, the IETF standards process tends to whittle down technologies rather than build them up. Bradner credits the organization's "rough consensus and running code" philosophy. Because most standards disputes come down to a single company or individual holding out for a favorite feature, the ultimate IETF remedy is to discard features until reviewers finally agree."

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