Arguing over Standards

Just how should one convey a standard to other people?
bq.Open source avoids monopolization differently, by abolishing ownership of core technology. In this realm, a competing implementation is called a fork. It looks more like a bug than like a feature. In the case of infrastructure that we agree not to monopolize, R0ml asks, why can’t the standard description and the standard implementation be the same thing? – “Jon Udell(An argument against standards)”:http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2006/03/13.html#a1404 But what happens when the standard just isn’t clear?
bq.I did a little cleanup on the OPML generated by FeedLounge today. The old OPML was basically the result of copying examples found in the wild, so I went through the necessary steps validating the output, reading the specs, and double-checking what I was seeing against NetNewsWire’s output. 🙂 I fixed most of the issues, but we still have one issue outstanding before the FeedLounge OPML validates. – “Alex King(Valid OPML?)”:http://www.alexking.org/blog/2006/03/04/valid-opml/ We all learn new things by reverse-engineering existing implementations. But as I was reminded during the MARC workshop I recently attended, it helps to actually understand why certain things are done certain ways. Because there are always “exceptions(How much has been invested in RSS?)”:http://scripting.wordpress.com/2006/02/22/how-much-money-has-been-invested-in-rss/#comment-1728. And sometimes those exceptions do “matter(Common Feed Errors)”:http://www.intertwingly.net/blog/2006/03/13/Common-Feed-Errors.

Posted by Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident. Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995. However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999. In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.