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The Linux Letter: The Right Format for the Job

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Let me start this month's column by apologizing in advance for using it as a forum to rant a bit....OK, a lot. Usually, I can control my irritation when I'm confronted with this situation, but for some reason, my most recent encounter with it really ticked me off.

What has my blood pressure spiking? It is the use of formats other than simple text for tasks where simple text would be the most appropriate choice.

Choosing an inappropriate format is a problem typically borne out of inadequate training or poor product design--circumstances for which we can't really hold the user totally responsible. But sometimes a user's (or a design team's) choice is made out of laziness and total lack of consideration for the people who have to deal with it down the line. It is those situations that have me reaching for a double dose of blood pressure medication and for my keyboard to write this rant. I'm mad as hell about wasted time, bandwidth, and productivity, and I'm not going to take it anymore!

Full Rant. Big Grin

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