[oclug] Linux access to Folio Infobase?
rod at giffinscientific.com
Wed Oct 2 15:51:28 EDT 2002
On Wednesday 02 October 2002 01:59 pm, Brian Johnson wrote:
> I emailed them and NFPA - let's see what they say
> My guess is that it's not possible, but maybe the shortcoming will prompt
> them to consider another format in the future
I certainly hope so. I've got a really big beef with CSA and
NFPA if they're still using proprietary closed file formats. I would much
rather PDF, because at least it's now an open standard, or XML, in which case
the client can choose their format. I just find it hypocritical that
organizations that are supposed to support national and international
standards distribute their material in non-standards based formats -
especially when it's all ASCII text and bad line drawings.
Just to let you know the IS knowledge level of some the standards committee
types though, 4 years ago I was working on a project for such a committee,
and asked for an electronic copy of ISO Guide 17025 (usually called simply
Guide 25) and a large 4 volume document called the Compendium for short.
They said they didn't have it in an electronic format. At the time, I had to
design a computer system that captured the scientific analysis outlined in
the Compendium, and capture the data in an ISO 17025 compliant format.
I asked them if they used a typewriter to compile the specifications, or a
pen and paper. They said, "No, we used Microsoft Word and Word Perfect".
I asked if I could have access to the MS Word and Word Perfect files, to
which they responded... "Sure, I guess so, but I don't know what good it will
do you." So, I explained how the original MS Word and Word Perfect files
constitute the "electronic copy" I was looking for.
They then wanted to bill me for the files. Which was fine, because I could
bill it to the project I was working on... er... for them. In the end, the
bill for their own files got marked up 25% and added to the final project
invoice. They didn't even flinch. Go figure.
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