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Full Article Attached Microsoft Patents Style Sheets and Butt Hinge

Thursday February 4th, 1999

Microsoft has received patents for "Style sheets for publishing system", and for "Butt hinge with integrally formed butt straps"..

It was mighty kind of Microsoft to get the input of the development community before taking everything for themselves. I guess that everyone should just feel glad that Microsoft let them participate at all.

Thank you, Microsoft!!!

For those of you who think that Microsoft couldn't possibly be referring to CSS, just click Full Article below to see their list of references.


#15 Re:Microsoft Patents Style Sheets and Butt Hinge

by Joshua Go <jgo@local.net>

Saturday February 6th, 1999 5:28 PM

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This really pissed me off when I first read about it. But my thoughts have somewhat been rationalized by reading the other comments and good points made by those who posted before I did.

There's no way that Microsoft can enforce this, as many sites, including those of countless individuals (myself included), already use CSS in one form or another. What I haven't been able to really figure out is what possible evil motive they have in mind. Building up their portfolio? Is that it? That seems like a pretty big thing to attempt, but maybe they're aiming for a big portfolio.

And yes, it makes me question what substances the personnel at the patent office are ingesting. I really didn't have much against patents until I found out about the absurdities going on in the tech industry. The patent office people surely must be on crack.