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Re: Start me up -Reply
Could you describe what benefits, if any,
you expect the ANSI/ISO standards to provide
Microsoft competitors or customers?
Years ago a Microsoft representative, John Butler,
chaired the ANSI graphics standards committee
responsible for drafting what were then called the
Virtual Device Interface (VDI) and Virtual Device
Metafile (VDM) standards. I recall Gates calling
attention to Microsoft's involvement in the ANSI
standards efforts at early Windows press conferences.
Now, among other things, the committee drafted bindings
of CGI to various programming languages, the C language
included. One benefit of these shared, cross-platform
bindings was that graphics applications written for
one platform, say Windows, could be ported to another,
say Unix, without too much effort.
Of course, the real MS Windows graphics interface, or GDI,
was quite a bit different
from the "standard" bindings. Porting a VDI application
to GDI would not be too difficult, but going the other way
was a lot harder. Kind of like the way MSDOS worked with
PCDOS, or pure Java works with Microsoft Java.
It runs through my mind that these recurring patterns
are not accidental.
Sam Goodhope wrote:
> Now that we are over introductions, I would like to throw out a
> substantive issue--the ISO's standardization process regarding Java.
> What's up with the recent US vote against Java? How does ANSI fit into
> the ISO picture? Who is on the "JC-1" committee?