maandag 23 maart 2015

Text revolution in the trap of legacy thinking.

One day, a long time ago, computer screens where like one sheet of mis formed paper. And the primary office function of the computer was text editing. All kind of text editing apps (as we call them today) emerged. And the winner was WordPerfect. It used the file format .wpd (Word Perfect Document). And everybody used wpd files to edit text. When Windows emerged,MicroSoft made the Word app and introduced .doc (document) files. And all other apps all used there own file format. A document file format war was the result. Because if people where used to a certain format, they needed to buy the app that could handle that format. And if you could get people addicted to that app, they would buy every year a new, better version! Nice business! In these early days, all cooperation on editing text was paper based. Some person centrally within the team of editors would maintain the mother document in the text editor. But we evaluated to co-working in the same document. So we needed one document format to share and exchange documents in the editing proces. (For distribution and archiving somewhere along the way the pdf format emerged) People are habbit animals. They tend to lose sight on the obvious because they are used to do what they do. The same with text editing formats! The war about file formats is still going on while the obvious solution is ad hand! HTML! Make a new MIME ( Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) agreement on the extension HTME (HTML document in editing) and the battle is fought. The content of a HTML and HTME file must be the same. Only when you open a html document it will be opened in the browser. And when opening a htme document it will open in your favorite text editor. Forget about .doc, .docx, .odf, .wpd, etc.... start using HTME