[ID3 Dev] PCNT question

Wyatt trent.arms at gmail.com
Fri Dec 5 09:09:06 PST 2008

Perhaps something like how OpenGL works does only done within the community
instead of by vendors (and under a benevolent dictatorship or high ruling
council or something to streamline it).  If someone extends the spec or
makes a change, see if people remember or care about it after six months or
a year or so.  If the reaction is positive, even from a vocal minority,
consider modifying the official spec and bump it's revision.  Or, let it sit
and "cure" longer--  in either case you have a fair litmus for the direction
that meta information is headed).  Every few years, take a week (or however
long it would take.) to evaluate what's in and what's gone in, prune out the
cruft, and keep the good stuff.  Bump the minor.

Or hell, we could always do what they do with D and just break everything,
start fresh, and call it ID3v3   ;)

While I strongly agree that "willy-nilly" editing of the spec is absolutely
inexcusable, so too do I feel that a successful specification should be
flexible; either by being relatively easy to modify incrementally or by
being sufficiently future-proof that it can survive the unforeseeable.

Obviously I'm pulling this particular process straight out of my rear, right
now, but even as an idea; as long as the end result is in the control of
"responsible" persons for the "official" copy, others are encouraged then to
stick close to it in spirit, even as they add things.

Anyway, that's enough rambling from me, for now.


On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 20:09, Ben Bennett <fiji at ayup.limey.net> wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 04, 2008 at 05:04:17PM -0800, Dan O'Neill wrote:
> > Hi Timothy,
> >
> > It's like mostly my fault for not having a more collaborative wiki setup
> > that enables discussion and revision of the spec.  I've been busy with
> > my day job (http://trusonic.com) over the last year.  New hardware and
> > software and stuff took up a considerable amount of bandwidth.  I *will*
> > make some changes over the next month to enable this spec to get fixed
> > by those who want to contribute. My apologies to the entire group.
> That's great, but I want to urge you to discuss your plans here first
> because I really don't want people to edit the spec willy-nilly.  I
> think the language of the spec should remain unchanged, but then we
> can add clarifications to particular items, but they must be clearly
> not part of the official spec.
>                          -ben
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