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[REBOL] Office Spec. Was Who Writes The Big Rebol Apps ?

From: ryanc::iesco-dms::com at: 24-Aug-2000 9:56

Good point Lance. This is a big problem everywhere. It almost certainly cant be avoided. However, I do think it can be treated. Here are some ideas.
> 1) Lack of standardisation. You need freedom of expression but > against a standardised backbone.
Time to pound away at a spec. I'll start, everybody PLEASE provide input: text: text XML: XML db: random file with header file and optional index file? spreadsheet: same as db. ( ) db/spreadsheet dialect for calculated fields? e-mail history: store as emails in a series? calculator: returns a value text editor: returns text XML editor: returns XML Freedom of expression? Please advise.
> 2) Duplication - which is a major waste of time and effort.
AKA: I have the best routines and dont want to share them. If you use a contributed script or function you should contribute something. Contributions and shared stuff go in a directory for shared stuff. If you dont share no one will like you. If you do share, everybody will love you and want to be your friend ;-)
> 3) Unnecessary competition instead of co-operation as a result > of 2), leading to unnecessary division and we are too small > to be divided.
Fix #2. A wish list of applications and shared components that need to be. Close community. REBOL arm patches and tattoos. Gang style initiations.
> Also, if you are an Amiga user you will be familiar with the Amiga > 'suite' of browsers, all from different people, all implementing > different subsets of what should be a complete browser. Either > that, or they are busy re-implementing each others features.
Sell the features to each other? Share the free ones.
> I hope 'Carl and the Gang' will be able to *co-ordinate* the > standard Rebol apps to avoid these issues.
Me too. --Ryan