Open Letter to Rev: Quality Is Job #1

Richmond Mathewson geradamas at
Fri Oct 20 16:47:43 EDT 2006

J. Landman Gay wrote:

> including a file format change which seems to
> serve no obvious purpose?

This is naive. Do you really think they'd change the
file format if it 
weren't necessary? Perhaps you weren't around when
HyperCard did the 
exact same thing for version 2.0, and had to include a
"Convert stack" 
menu item in all subsequent versions.

And I am quite prepared to admit I made a naive

But the reason I made he naive comment is because of
what is termed
"lack of transparency" on RR's half:

had the full reason for the format change been
properly documented I, for one, would not have assumed
it was for merely commercial reasons.

I was around when Hypercard changed their format
(unfortunately I am 44 - more than half way to a hole
in the ground!) - but, one advantage that RR has over
Hypercard, is a use-list. And it says one hell of a
lot in RR's favour that they don't behave in the sort
of dictatorial fashion that Apple does!

sincerely, Richmond Mathewson


"Philosophical problems are confusions arising owing to the fluidity of meanings users attach to words and phrases."
                                       Mathewson, 2006

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