The Laws of Open Standards Broken by Interoperability
Dec 05, 2007, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Roy Schestowitz)
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"'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
"When discussing interoperability between products, restrictive
conditions such as patents and licensing agreements are often kept
out of sight..."