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Fashion and civilization

2002-08-10 17:44:55+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

I recently created a TIFF with Gimp that Photoshop couldn't read. Tons of other software reads it just fine, but Photoshop[Wiki] doesn't. Rather than taking it out on Adobe, I got crap for this. Then, reading Rose[Wiki], I ran across this quote that summed up a lot of things well:

It's not just a matter of dresses or pants. Do you think Parliament would investigate these women if it was just a matter of pants? Pants are merely a symbol of civilization. Do I care whether they wear pants or seashells or go about stark naked? Not a fig. But I care about the rules. I can tell you from sad experience that civilization is nothing but rules adopted for the general good. I don't know how it is i nthe South Seas, but once an Englishwoman has dressed in pants she has divorced herself from decency or the considerations due her sex. Granted it's only a rule, but it's what separates us from the apes.

--- Chief Constable Moon, in Rose by Martin Cruz Smith

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#Comment made: 2002-08-11 12:14:43+00 by: meuon

And there are how many variations of TIFF? I don't expect everything to be 100% compliant all the time, but I would figure PhotoShop would and should handle all variations of TIFF. What 'feature' did it not handle? One of the compression options?

#Comment made: 2002-08-11 22:04:01+00 by: Dan Lyke

I would've been more forgiving had any of the other software I tried to read TIFF with failed. With libtiff there's really no excuse for not being able to read a TIFF file, unless you're deliberately trying to make your software incompatible; to define yourself as fashion over function.