When
· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · November
· · · · 09 (1 entry)

Lightweight Authoring? · Jon Udel­l, in Beyond of­fice doc­u­ment for­mats, speak­ing of office-suite soft­ware like Word and OpenOf­fice Writer, voic­es a dream that I’ve heard time af­ter time: “A mere frac­tion of the pow­er of these multihundred-megabyte be­he­moths suf­fices for ba­sic com­mu­ni­ca­tion; the rest is over­head. Soft­ware de­liv­ered as a ser­vice through the Web—simple, lightweight, and uni­ver­sal­ly available—is clear­ly the bet­ter way forward.” Wel­l, yeah, but... au­thor­ing soft­ware is hard. I’ve used a lot of dif­fer­ent pro­grams over the years, and writ­ten some my­self, and I’ve nev­er seen soft­ware, de­signed for use by hu­man au­thors, that has good us­abil­i­ty and isn’t a great big honk­ing mon­ster. And usu­al­ly, they’re not on­ly big, but they take years and years to get work­ing prop­er­ly. So I re­al­ly hope Jon’s right, but I’m not hold­ing my breath. [Up­date: David Ber­lind is point­ing in the same di­rec­tion. I hope he’s right, too.] [Up­date: Jon fol­lows up.]
 
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