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gnustandards maintain.texi

From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: gnustandards maintain.texi
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:39:56 -0400 (EDT)

CVSROOT:        /sources/gnustandards
Module name:    gnustandards
Changes by:     Richard M. Stallman <rms>       17/09/17 14:39:56

Modified files:
        .              : maintain.texi 

Log message:
        GNU web sites should support Lynx and IceCat.
        Ogg Vorbis is preferred; we will consider Ogg Opus later.


Index: maintain.texi
RCS file: /sources/gnustandards/gnustandards/maintain.texi,v
retrieving revision 1.257
retrieving revision 1.258
diff -u -b -r1.257 -r1.258
--- maintain.texi       21 Jul 2016 20:17:35 -0000      1.257
+++ maintain.texi       17 Sep 2017 18:39:56 -0000      1.258
@@ -5,7 +5,7 @@
 @c For double-sided printing, uncomment:
 @c @setchapternewpage odd
 @c This date is automagically updated when you save this file:
address@hidden lastupdate July 21, 2016
address@hidden lastupdate September 17, 2017
 @c %**end of header
 @dircategory GNU organization
@@ -2115,6 +2115,11 @@
 public might perceive as connected with it and reflecting the position
 of its developers, unless it follows that criterion.
+Please make sure it is possible to use the web site fully using the
+Lynx browser, and with the IceCat browser with LibreJS enabled.  It
+should work both with Tor and without Tor.  Of course, it is desirable
+for the site to support as many other browsers as possible.
 Historically, web pages for GNU packages did not include GIF images,
 because of patent problems (@pxref{Ethical and Philosophical
 Consideration}).  Although the GIF patents expired in 2006, using GIF
@@ -2320,14 +2325,22 @@
 advice from a lawyer.
 Sometimes the GNU project takes a strong stand against a particular
-patented technology in order to encourage society to reject it.
-For example, the MP3 audio format is covered by a software patent in
-the USA and some other countries.  A patent holder has threatened
-lawsuits against the developers of free programs (these are not GNU
-programs) to produce and play MP3, and some GNU/Linux distributors are
-afraid to include them.  Development of the programs continues, but we
-campaign for the rejection of MP3 format in favor of Ogg Vorbis format.
+patented technology in order to encourage society to reject it.  That
+is why we rejected MP3 audio format in favor of the unpatented Ogg
+Vorbis format.  These patents have reportedly expired, but we still
+prefer Ogg formats to MP3 formats.  Please support this campaign by
+making Ogg Vorbis the preferred format for audio distribution
+in GNU packages and their web sites.
+We will consider using Ogg Opus at some point in the future.
+It is fine to distribute Ogg Opus files <em>also</em>, but please
+continue distributing Ogg Vorbis, so as not to hurry users to change
+the software with which they listen to audio.
+We are unable to find a modern compressed video format that is truly
+safe from patents, so we use the Ogg Theora and WebM formats for which
+no licensing consortium has been set up.  GNU programs and their web
+sites should not distribute video in MPEG-2 or MPEG 4 formats.
 A GNU package should not recommend use of any non-free program, nor
 should it require a non-free program (such as a non-free compiler or

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