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Adobe and “Open Government” is Utter Bullshit

[Chris Foresman takes on Adobe’s push for government use of it’s Flash, PDF, and other assorted proprietary formats][link]. It’s funny when an article that just presents facts can be so scathing:

>After just a cursory browsing, here are some of the usability and data accessibility issues we observed. You can’t select, copy, or paste any text. Your browser’s font override features won’t work, so you can’t adjust the font or its size to be more readable. Your browser’s built-in in-page search won’t work, and you can’t use the keyboard to scroll through the text. …

Sounds pretty open to me.

[link]: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/10/adobe-pushes-flash-and-pdf-for-open-government-misses-irony.ars “Adobe pushes Flash and PDF for open government, misses irony – Ars Technica”

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Mashup Australia

[Australia gets on the open dataset train][link], with a little contest. Here’s to hoping it’s contagious.

[link]: http://mashupaustralia.org/ “mashupaustralia.org”