[gutvol-p] Re: Quick question about file formats

Bowerbird at aol.com Bowerbird at aol.com
Sat Oct 30 12:26:43 PDT 2010

paulo's questions arise out of a more complex context,
which has a big bunch of people scratching their heads.

here's the "discussion" of it at distributed proofreaders:
>    http://www.pgdp.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=706358#706358

i put "discussion" in quotes because -- as usual, eh? --
marcello simply ends up calling everyone else an idiot.
even lucy24, one of the smartest workers over at d.p.

in a nutshell, the "more complex context" here is that
marcello has been making "executive decisions" lately.

ostensibly aimed at changing the p.g. site for "mobil",
these decisions are impacting p.g. policy in a big way.

marcello isn't even trying to hide that fact these days.

for instance, over in that forum thread at d.p., he says
that "nobody understands encodings" which is why   he
"scrapped them for good"...   evidently, everything gets
served up from p.g. these days as utf8, because that is
what marcello wants.   so the ascii and latin1 files are
described as utf8, which might be technically so, but 
is also misleading.   perhaps the powers that be at p.g.
approved the shift, but marcello sure doesn't make it
sound like anything other than that _he_ "decided" it...

marcello goes on:
>    As for why PG still requires ASCII and other 
>    extinct encodings, ask the WWers, not me. 
>    I've been fighting that requirement for years. 

so i'd guess that once he consolidates all his power plays,
marcello will get around to his next agenda and gut this
"requirement" which he has been "fighting" all these years.
after all, since you no longer call the ascii file an ascii file,
nobody would miss it if it were to quietly just not be there.

i just wonder if that'll happen _after_ michael hart is dead,
or whether it will be the thing that puts him in his grave...

either way, p.g. will never be the same...

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