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Subject: RE: eContracts Spec public review

Yes - this is indeed a big day for the TC !  

I would like to use this opportunity to thank Peter in the first place for
his tireless efforts in making sure that we deliver quality spec, to Dan, Dr
Leff and Dave for their handling of interactions with OASIS and legalXML
structures, and to everyone who has been on the TC in the past, and who
participated in numerous and often long and tiring discussions. 

I do hope we have some small result in this big area and let's hope that
market will recognise this a bit more than what you think Peter :-)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter Meyer [mailto:pmeyer@elkera.com.au]
> Sent: Saturday, 27 January 2007 12:49 PM
> To: Legalxml-Econtracts TC
> Cc: 'Dazza Greenwood'; 'Dr. Laurence Leff'; 'Leff'; 'Dave Marvit'; 'Zoran
> Milosevic'
> Subject: eContracts Spec public review
> Dear TC members,
> I can hardly believe that it happened. Our spec is now out for public
> review. I don't know about you but I had gotten to the point were I did
> not
> think it would ever happen. There was always another problem in front of
> us.
> Now that its out, the significance is just starting to sink in. This
> really
> is a big day. We can finish this.
> For what its worth, I believe we have done the best we could in a very
> difficult environment. We have done something that could be really
> worthwhile if it is picked up. In reality, there is a very significant
> probability that the market will ignore our work, but we won't know that
> until we try. The market has no options at present for contracts and other
> legal documents and there is a massive lack of awareness of what could be.
> Even so, I don't think there was any other strategy we could have followed
> that would have produced anything of more general utility. The market
> place
> is just too confused and Microsoft centric. For those who complain about
> that situation, and there are many, this is the way to free themselves
> from
> that dependence without having to try and pick the next winner.
> I will be doing my bit to promote our work over the next few weeks to see
> if
> we can drum up some interest here in Australia, at least.
> Thank you all of you for sticking with this to the end.
> I will send around a message next week suggesting we start the IPR
> transition so we can finish this before our TC disbands.
> Regards
> Peter
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