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The Laws of Open Standards Broken by Interoperability

Dec 05, 2007, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Roy Schestowitz)

"'Interoperability' has become a weasel word. The word is regularly used to insinuate that two (or more) computer systems should work very well, but they usually work well for the wrong reasons. The method adopted to make these systems work is flawed. This approach monetizes something that should be free and something that typically requires no research and development whatsoever. It is an unfortunate case where the role of standards is being ignored and replaced.

"When discussing interoperability between products, restrictive conditions such as patents and licensing agreements are often kept out of sight..."

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