Oh I remember… That’s something you SHOULD do such that we don’t continually reinvent the wheel, building from that in which has come before us, embracing the good stuff, and extending into better…
Microsoft has demonstrated a practice of using its monopoly power to undermine cross platform technologies and constrain innovation that threatens its monopolies. Microsoft’s approach has been to “embrace and extend” standards that do not come from Microsoft. Adobe’s concern is that Microsoft will fragment and possibly degrade existing and established standards, including PDF, while using its monopoly power to introduce Microsoft-controlled alternatives - such as XPS. The long-term impact of this kind of behavior is that consumers are ultimately left with fewer choices.
Huh??? How does one
eand extend” standards”
??? [Maybe its just me, but I always considered “embrace and extend” and “innovation” in the same general sense of “you can’t innovate, unless you build from what already exists… otherwise it wouldn’t be all that innovative, ESPECIALLY if you simply create something that already exists… Then again… me and the other kids? We’ve never been much alike… ;)]
Well, maybe I should rephrase my above opening point to instead read,
Of course theres the flip side to embrace and extend… When you’re Microsoft and you embrace and extend you’re evil . When you’re not Microsoft, your a Saint!
So, for example…
“Hi… I’m ODF… You can embrace me (I like that!) and extend me (err… this is a family blog… nevermind.) and your life will be better because you have built from an existing open standard. Do we care if you make it better? Of course not, thats what the eXtensible Markup Language was designed for! Why would that be a bad thing?
It’s not… and thanks for suggesting that extending ODF is a positive thing, that can only bring good results by increasing consumer choice with things like “features”. (we all remember what those look like, right? (I hope!))
Okay, lets see what PDF has to say…
“Hi… I’m PDF. I’m open too! You can embrace me (I like that too :), But don’t even think about extending me to make me better… What do I look like, XML???!!!!”
No… I can definitely attest to the fact that you look nothing like XML, there Pretty Dull Forma…
uuhhh… you know.. maybe I’ll just stop right there.
Enjoy your new found confusion!
Although, come to think of it… I guess its not all that confusing… Who would WANT to extend PDF when you have a myriad
of [Update: . Thanks GN! :D] bran’ spankin’ new XML formats in ODF, Office Open XML, and an entire dictionaries worth of other formats that we can all easily understand cuz’ they all use the same syntax…
Hell, even WITHOUT XML who would want to extend PDF (I should’ve stopped a ways back, huh?!)
NON-RELATED-NOTE: Still blasting away on my mentioned follow up to Friday’s flick. Kurt and I have been attempting to get a podcast together, but our schedules, as usual, keep colliding, so I think I am just going to launch, to then do a follow-up podcast with Kurt as soon as we both find ourselves available to record at the same time during the day/night.
I’ve also been playing musical servers, prepping things for a transition to S3 as the primary data storage provider and static file server (audio/video, xml, html, etc…), so if you have visited http://viberavetions.com or http://extf.net over the last twenty for hours and found 404 error codes instead… My sincere apologies! The transition is an important one such that we can simply press play and not worry about how we will handle things during usage spikes, and of course, as we grow.. In fact, the primary reason for not launching the mentioned sites (the most important one is LONG since complete) has to do with this same musical servers game… Almost done with that portion, so please stay tuned.
 : of course, with that, I’ve probably added several more errors into the mix. :)
I’ll get better — just need to fine tune my (in)ability to switch from code to English, and back again.
All in due time :)