[linux-elitists] Freeing document _formats_

Jay Sulzberger jays@panix.com
Mon Jul 10 20:25:55 PDT 2000


This is one of the main issues of the coming World OS:  enough metadata,
conveniently arranged.  Coupling preferred mode of treatment of data with
syntax of important name of document is absurd.

oo--JS.


On Mon, 10 Jul 2000, Don Marti wrote:

> begin  Mr. Bad quotation of Mon, Jul 10, 2000 at 05:36:45PM -0700:
> 
> > Of course, anyone who uses a _real_ OS like Windows or MacOS knows
> > that you should be able to tag a file format in 3 or 4 bytes.
> 
> 3-letter "extensions" are highly silly. What's a .tex? What's a .tfm?
> What's a .tga? (That's just a couple from the Ts) Macintosh four-letter
> file types and creators might work as an index if they're unique.
> file(1) magic names might be good too.
> 
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