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Alvaro Castan'eda Mendoza <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 9 Nov 1998 09:36:12 -0600
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         Hi. I think that we can define some like a GNU-ISO or a FREE-ISO,
it is a ISO for free and public domain software, it
also may be for LaTeX.

On Mon, 9 Nov 1998, Hans Aberg wrote:

> The idea of an ISO LaTeX is in fact not very good because the standard must
> be charged to pay for the salaries of the ISO bureaucrats. It means that
> the standard cannot be put up on URL's for example. The result is that
> people do not buy it, and so the next version will not be as good as if it
> could have been otherwise.
>   This is a discussion that pops up from time to time in newsgroups such as
> comp.std.c and comp.std.c++: The fellows working on developing these
> standards want them to be free, so that as many as possible can read them,
> but ISO insists on this charge. People that have been working for a long
> time on developing such standards are generally very unhappy with the
> situation: It is reasonable to charge for standards which only a few
> engineers on wealthy companies need to read, but for standards of more
> general use it is a poor idea.
>   Hans Aberg
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