May 5, 2009

Great interoperability quote

From Rob Weir’s ODF Inter­op­er­abil­i­ty post:

Remem­ber, it is not par­tic­u­lar­ly dif­fi­cult or clever to to take an adverse read­ing of a stan­dard to make an incom­pat­i­ble, non-inter­op­er­a­ble prod­uct. Take HTML, for exam­ple. It does not define the attrib­ut­es of unstyled (default) text. So I could cre­ate a per­fect­ly con­for­mant brows­er imple­men­ta­tion that makes all default text be 4‑point Zapf Ding­bats, white text on a white back­ground. It would con­form with the stan­dard, but it would be per­fect­ly unus­able by anyone.

posted by Andrew

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