[Alpine-info] formats for both Alpine and Thunderbird
mattack at apple.com
Wed Feb 11 16:59:39 PST 2009
On Wed, 11 Feb 2009, Mark Crispin wrote:
> I was specifically told, by both Microsoft and Google, that their goals do
> NOT include standards compliance; and furthermore that their products will
> NEVER be fully compliant because that would make it easier for customers to
> use competitors' products.
This is vaguely more on topic, since it somewhat affects using alpine.
It seems to me that way back when the RFC de facto system was designed,
there should have possibly been a trademark on the term "RFC" or something
like that. Then the licensing terms could have said something along the
lines of "to use the term RFC <thisnumberedproposal>, you must comply with
the minimum standards in this document."
That would need a legal test of course, but would've been a cool way to
'force' companies to actually comply with the standards. (Of course,
with violations, there would need to be money spent to sue the violators.)
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