World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Detoxicated from Microsoft Influence, But Regains Microsoft and Apple Presence
Summary: The HTML Working Group at the W3C loses a co-chairing Microsoft employee, but gains two who are coming from freedom-hostile firms
IT IS important to accept the fact that people are generally loyal to their employers. That’s what they are paid for. They are merely representative of the policy of their paymaster; otherwise, they simply will not get very far (detrimental to one’s career) and maybe they will even lose their job. This is why we were relieved to see Mozilla parting ways with Microsoft's Snyder, who used her hat at Mozilla to promote Windows and praise Microsoft.
The HTML Working Group is now being shuffled a little.
Tim Berners-Lee has announced the strengthening of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) HTML Working Group. Chris Wilson of Microsoft has stepped down as co-chair. The remaining co-chair, Sam Ruby of IBM, will now be joined by new co-chairs; Paul Cotton of Microsoft, and Maciej Stachowiak of Apple.
There is an issue here because Microsoft’s presence persists and Apple has been a lobbyist against Ogg and <video>. Apple also insists on having software patents that directly jeopardise Web standards.
“It is a cyclic trap of captivity.”Tim Berners-Lee denounced Microsoft for refusing to support SVG, so what is he thinking when he puts Microsoft on key chairs? Obviously it’s a group decision, but who gets to vote? And what happens when rigged voters invite more like-minded people who are former colleagues? It is a cyclic trap of captivity. See Yahoo!, ISO, and VMware for example [1, 2].
In a bizarre development Yahoo! has lost its search place on the BT Yahoo! home page to Google.
That’s one site less for Microsoft to attempt to push its lies engine into — an engine which generates hostile messages towards Microsoft’s competitors and mostly marketing messages/material when it comes to Microsoft topics. Regulators have not responded to this revolting behaviour. █