[Accessibility] Re: Q
ojschmidt at kde.org
Fri Aug 5 23:07:36 PDT 2005
I am sorry that I caused these off-topic mails to this mailing list, but our
working group will be in a difficult position if the LSB and KDE decide to
part ways, so I had to say something.
Thanks to all of you for explaining the LSB's view on it. I hope you can also
understand why the current approach of the LSB is not acceptable for KDE.
I trust you that you don't want to cause harm for KDE. There are plausible
reasons for the license criteria. There are plausible reasons for the plan to
standardise toolkits. There are plausible reasons for reinterpreting "best
practise" to a non-superlative meaning. The result of these three decisions
is that the LSB has made itself a very strong political factor in the
Of course this political factor is already used as a powerful weapon by those
Gnome advocates who love to fight toolkit wars. It would have been naive to
expect otherwise. Of course this is causing harm to KDE, and of course this
is destroying the LSB's credibility.
Please don't shot the messenger.
I am simply explaining how the vast majority of KDE developers feel about the
LSB and about standardisation in general. I am also relaying how the LSB's
approach is interpreted by Gnome advocates. Both groups interpret the LSB's
decisions as favouring one desktop.
It is always problematic to include one library in a version of a standard
while an equally popular alternative is blocked. I really hope the LSB
reconsiders its approach to avoid harm to both KDE and to the LSB's
This will probably be my last mail on this subject to this list. Sorry again
for this off-topic thread. I could not stay silent on such an important
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