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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.


#4 Re:Microsoft Patents Style Sheets and Butt Hinge

by Jeremy Lee <jeremyl@hrmc.com.au>

Thursday February 4th, 1999 10:51 PM

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Ah. It all makes sense now. They have obviously all gone quite insane.

It explains everything. The patent, the Office 2000 licencing, the court case, and the butt hinge. It's the only possible reason they would attempt to patent an openly worked-on standard with massive prior art, thus infuriating thousands of developers, the W3C, the whole SGML industry, and hordes of webmonkeys.

Ye gods. To cap it all, the Patent office is apparently braindead at the wheel, at a time when Intellectual Property (especially in the tech sector) is a major event. *sigh*

Jeremy Lee | Orinoco