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Open is the buzzword of the moment. It was interesting to talk about “Open standards” at ApacheCon ‘08. I sat down with Whurley, David Recordon and the W3C’s Ted Guild to discuss what we could do to improve a number of issues.
One of the things that really struck me is like most conversations about “Open” it means different things to different people. In the context of various standards bodies they use the term to mean drastically different things. In order to reset expectations I’d like to see a common set of terms we use to talk about this stuff. Interestingly David said that’s why the Open Web Foundation (OWF) choose to create “Specifications” rather than “Standards”. By avoiding the existing term they escape the implications that their specifications are mandatory or industrially definitive.
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