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Links 1 through 8 of 8 by Simon Phipps tagged format

The documents themselves are fascinating, but the fact they are being made available (at least initially) as PDFs of scanned paper documents speaks volumes about the urgent need for a long-lived archiving format to be used in government - like for example PDF with embedded ODF.

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Excellent and easily understood analogy explaining why Microsoft's private ECMA document standard is anything but open.

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"ASCII or no ASCII, XML or no XML, a truly interoperable file format is one that has been designed specifically for that purpose, not one that organically grows out of internal defensive programming practices."

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Sony is stuck in the "control era" and their fixation on control means they are losing out in the coming "influence era". Why would I buy a device that can only access "head" content when there's such a rich "tail" out there?

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"Microsoft has had clear competitors in the past. It’s a good thing we have museums to document that" -- Bill Gates

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A sorry tale of government promoting vendor monopolies.

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This is exactly the problem that OpenDocument seeks to prevent for the rest of your files. I just hope future historians have a service like this available to them otherwise the last 20 years will be the Digital Dark Ages.

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