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Re: XRBL & Other Goodies

From: Kenneth D. Reiszner
Subject: Re: XRBL & Other Goodies
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2002 01:25:27 -0600

> .......
> >So, in general, I wonder why Todd wants to describe things the way he does.
> >Let me guess.  Is it because he’s as biased as everyone else?
> >
> Assumably.  I think this is my greatest problem with 'standard bodies'
> of late.  If it requires a lofty membership fee to participate and is
> created by 'vendors' I think it is bound to be biased.  When I look at
> things that appear to have most impact currently like TCP/IP and HTML
> (w3c) for a large part they were not originally this way. (though I
> could be delusional)  I think the trouble is that you want the 'experts'
> in a field so you invite top vendors (though the 'little' voices that
> are experts are 'excluded') I think membership fees are two fold, first
> they help put some money into the overhead of a standards body, but I
> suspect they are more to make sure that those people having 'say' in the
> standard are serious and willing to put down some cash to prove it.
> (keep out the riff raff) HOWEVER, again this hurts the little guy

These fees can be as high as $65,000/yr.

None of these fee schedules goes below $5000/yr. even with reduced member
participation. The high figures are for big buck firms that probably can spare 
change. The more you pay the more "rights" you get.

Kenneth D. Reiszner, Ph.D.
REAL, Inc.
P.O. Box 709
Lecompte, LA 71346

Ph.No. & FAX: 318-443-0426

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