[ogg-dev] Why I reinvented the wheel with M3F

Daniel Aleksandersen aleksandersen+xiphlists at runbox.com
Sun Sep 9 17:02:07 PDT 2007

On 2007-09-10, Silvia wrote:
> On 9/10/07, Daniel Aleksandersen wrote:
> > Hi ogg-dev list,
> >
> > I am not trying to 'get someone'. But I though this form would indeed
> > prove successful in making my point. Here we go:
> >
> >
> > I got accused of 'reinventing the wheel' for this little media
> > description format of mine. Fare enough. But I wanted to show everyone
> > why it is sometimes best to sometings that has been done before all
> > over. See the attached document. It uses existing technology plus a new
> > name space.
> >
> > I call my Frankenstein: XML+RDF+DC+M3F (or just M3F for short) or The
> > Resource Description Format (RDF) built on the Extensible Markup
> > Language (RDF) using the well recognised Dublin Core metadata set (DC)
> > with the new Multimedia Metadata Format (M3F).
> >
> > As everyone can see from the attachment: Building an all new XML name
> > space without using existing ones are probably the best way to go. Even
> > though a limited number of elements will be borrowed from existing
> > formats: It will keep things simple when using only one well defined
> > name space.
> >
> >
> > A good thing that came out of my childish experiment was a better name
> > for the metadata format: Multimedia Metadata Format (or M3F).
> >
> > Oh! And if I ever write an autobiography: This email's subject will be
> > it's title! At least the 'Why I reinvented the wheel' part.
> Nobody has accused you of reinventing the wheel. You give up too
> easily. If you want to develop a standard, it takes a lot of discussion
> and input - and it takes diplomacy. Attacking people and attacking the
> community will not be helpful. 
> You have asked for feedback - feedback has been given. Now it's time
> to think and digest.

I am working on that right now. ;-)

> I for one have been motivated by the topic of discussion, but am slowly
> losing interest because you don't seem to be willing to listen to the
> feedback you're receiving.

I have not replied to much of the feedback, but I am working on improvements 
based on feedback already. I may have done what I have been accusing the 
list of: focusing on the negative.
Daniel Aleksandersen

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