Reading, ASCII, and PDF

I started reading the electronic version of Eastern Standard Tribe. Hoping to get through some of it by SXSW and pick up a hard-copy there. I’ve also been reviewing my Cocoa books, since I’ve been porting the user interface of an application to Cocoa (still lots of Carbon and cross-platform C++ underneath). More on all that some other time.

For now, here are two somewhat contrasting quotes from the authors of those books, on file format standards:

James Duncan Davidson: “I’m pretty sure that I’ll always be able to open a PDF file.”

Cory Doctorow: “ASCII is the new PDF!”