2004.09.16 19:12 "[Tiff] BigTIFF Tag Value Count issue", by Joris Van Damme

2004.09.16 20:08 "Re: [Tiff] BigTIFF Tag Value Count issue", by Joris Van Damme

Well, I have no objection as long as the results are seen as a poll providing feedback to those designing the new spec rather than some absolute rule of the majority. We don't want a slashdot crowd suddenly sloshing in here and deciding on us.

I reserve the right to change my vote if others provide compelling reasons for alternative.

PS. I forgot to mention, I don't feel maintaining 8bit alignment is really worth any significant trouble. We certainly can't depend on it when reading.


I agree with everything you said, up to and including that 8byte alignment is not really worht any significant trouble. Let's get it if it means only changing a single member like 'number of tags', even if merely for esthethic reasons, but let's ignore it if it needs any real sacrifice.

As to the voting: I was too quick, for sure.

PNG list style voting, is like this:

In those lists, the system does actually seem to work, and the main benefit is then of course that conclusions are drawn and are defenite and can be relied upon from that point on. The major player in such a system, is the formal proposal, which means there's always a definite formal text that can be refered to later if votes approve it.

The situation here is very different, vote counting started too soon, etc. Truth is, I really would like to see a quick and firm decision to be made. I drink too much coffee I suppose, but also, I've got an active interest. And too much bleeding to death has been surrounding the BigTIFF issue for many years now, already...

Since you have no real objections, I propose we regard this 'vote counting' that I proposed as an 'interesting experiment', being merely feedback, not absolute rule of the majority, and see how it evolves... Worst thing that can happen is that we learn it doesn't really work on this list.

Joris Van Damme
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