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Who needs a specification?

Published: 2008-04-25 13:04:42

I am adding a debugging function to the software I am working on. In it, I am sending a command to enable a specific feature in the drive the software talks to. I am doing this in accordance with the latest version of the specification, as published by T10, the technical committee overseeing various SCSI protocols. I am sending the same command to drives from three different brands.

Well, one out of three reading the specification and actually following it means 33 %. Not too bad, I guess.

Now, where have I heard of that kind of lack of support for standards before? I guess it is naïve to think that that kind of thinking is somehow limited to the browser business, but that this occurs everywhere when there are people reading standards documents and trying to implement what they describe. Especially when the standard is rapidly evolving.

Tags: interoperability scsi standards t10

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