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  1. Mar 2022
    1. The current situation is deteriorating as the proliferation of formats reduces the capacity of users to share their work.

      Already in 1998, Ben Shneiderman has presaged and highlights the point of the classic XKCD comic #927 on standards.

  2. Feb 2022
    1. It seems to be the fate of libraries that a particular order always coincides with a director ’ s term of service. As soon as a new director, prefect, or manager takes over, one of the fi rst acts tends to be rejection of the present order in favor of establishing a new, often completely different one, mostly legiti-mized by the allegedly encountered chaos that almost forces reorganiza-tion.

      This reorganization of library books and location systems with the change of library directors in the late 1700s sounds similar to the sorts of standards problems today.