Paoli: Microsoft will engage with the open source and standards communities
Posted Apr 16, 2012 10:23 UTC (Mon) by khim
In reply to: Paoli: Microsoft will engage with the open source and standards communities
Parent article: Paoli: Microsoft will engage with the open source and standards communities
I don't really understand the matter of 'inttypes.h'.
Most libraries had some kind of compat typedefs behind #ifdefs for _ages_.
And these definition are sometimes incorrect and sometimes conflict (if you want to use two such libraries), they must be included in all the new projects, too.
IOW: it PITA. Small one, but still a PITA. The same as the lack of support for “z”, “t”, “ll” (along with
long long type itself) specifiers in
printf. Sure enough, Microsoft does not claim that implements POSIX, and so what? Does it mean it should make life for cross-platform projects harder? Apparently so.
Having a standard header would just mean a bit fewer compat typedefs, that's all.
It's so minor that I haven't even realized it's a problem for anybody.
Well, it's minor, I'll grant you that. Still cumulative time spent because of it is measured in years: each particular project spent day or so fighting it, but most projects are affected.
In a sense it's symbol: Microsoft could easily add these headers (few days of work of a single person), yet it stalls for years. If it feels that it's beneigh its dignity to implement such a simple, much requested things (take a look here, for example) then what hope is there for something more complex?
Microsoft participates in standards activity in the hope that everyone else will implement these standards. But as Microsoft is concerned standards most definitely don't apply to Microsoft in any shape or form… sure, if some standard is implemented exactly as Microsoft is envisioned it then it'll be standards compliant, if it's changed (like happened with SVG or OOXML) then, oh well, it's not Microsoft's problem.
Other companies and people understand that standards are not the goal in itself, they are means to the other goal: to make interoperability possible. Microsoft understands that, too, and explicitly refuses to cooperate. For Microsoft standards are all about PR: some people at the bottom may foolishly work with standards as any other company but if they become too successful then guys from the top interfere and stop such activity.
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