Re: FAQ # 25

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Wed Dec 17 2003 - 11:13:27 CST

> The fact that Sequoya has published their internal standard allows
> third parties to build software that will read and process their
> electronic records of vote totals.

Do you have a link to the data format spec, or to an example of it?

I'm all for interoperability, naturally. Down the road, handling
whatever their format is will be necessary; that might happen by
adopting it as our own native format, or it might be by using a couple
XSLT transforms to move between theirs and ours. Or maybe something
else than either.

> (for those who say GIF is obsolete and JPG is better, note
> that they solve different problems! GIF is still an excellent choice
> for illustrations done with a limited color pallette, while JPG works
> better for photos.)

Certainly I would never confuse the purpose of a lossy compression
format targeted at continuous tone images with a lossless compression
format targeted at line art (though I have found a number of people who
-really- should know better do so... *cough*, IBM dW, *cough*). I
might argue that PNG makes GIF obsolete, however--but that's purely
technical (PNG gets better compressions, has more color depths, and
handles alpha better), in practical terms you have to think about where
the format is supported. PNG, FWIW, is "designed by committee".

Yours, David...
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