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Luc Heinrich (lucsky / mac.com) wrote:

> What's the difference between an open standard like SVG which
> specifications are freely available and a supposedly closed standard
> like Flash which specifications are *also* freely available ?

With an open standard, the control is shared between many individuals.

> Is this just because SVG is driven by the W3C (after having beeing
> driven by Adobe, IIRC) and Flash is driven by the baaaaad Macromedia ?
> Because once again, both specifications are freely available.

Since the standard is closed, what stops Macromedia from changing it in
such a way that breaks alternate implementations of players, authoring
tools, etc.  This is far less likely to happen if control of the
standard is shared between many interests.

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Eric Hodel - drbrain / segment7.net - http://segment7.net
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Luc Heinrich (lucsky / mac.com) wrote:

> What's the difference between an open standard like SVG which
> specifications are freely available and a supposedly closed standard
> like Flash which specifications are *also* freely available ?

With an open standard, the control is shared between many individuals.

> Is this just because SVG is driven by the W3C (after having beeing
> driven by Adobe, IIRC) and Flash is driven by the baaaaad Macromedia ?
> Because once again, both specifications are freely available.

Since the standard is closed, what stops Macromedia from changing it in
such a way that breaks alternate implementations of players, authoring
tools, etc.  This is far less likely to happen if control of the
standard is shared between many interests.

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Eric Hodel - drbrain / segment7.net - http://segment7.net
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