Five of the nation's largest publishers of newspapers and
magazines are teaming up to challenge Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle electronic-book reader with their own
technology that would display in color and work on a variety of devices.
As I’m sure you all know by
now; I am a coder above all else. With this one piece of data, you should know there are two
things I despise in this entire world:
- Flash and
Why? Because they’re closed off, proprietary, and
quite frankly a bitch to deal with on computers. However, that doesn’t stop me from advocating
their use for WHAT THEIR ACTUAL PURPOSE is (or, in the case of flash – should be).
should come as only a slight surprise that I’m incredibly agitated over these new formats. You’re
creating “book” file formats that will “display in color” and “work on a variety of devices.” Huh,
isn’t there already a format specifically for publications, made to work on any multitude of devices?
Let’s see, oh, right Portable
Document Format – A
file format made SPECIFICALLY to render the same way on any device.
Kudos, Publishers –
You’ve just re-invented the wheel.