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On Tuesday 17 December 2002 17:08, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> Since the original question dealt with XML Schemas, it is the
> properties of item one that interest me, that is, the properties
> of the public schema. PDF is open according to the definition
> there. Taking another item, who controls the schema, that is,
> who can legally modify it, alters that. Given that there can
> be a schema for the internals (a tightly bound system schema), and as
> many public schemas as there are definitions for "public", we're
> still back to the system-schema and the public schemas.
The thing is, TIFF is open in that the specs are published, but they are
nightmarish enough that people can't be bothered to.
It is in the best interests of a large company that controls an open spec to
make it so complex that only their implementation can keep up with it; they
change the spec in ways that are easy to implement with a gross hack in their
twisted codebase, resulting in a nasty mess for the uninitiated. Microsoft
have been doing this with the SMB protocol.
A city is like a large, complex, rabbit