Archive for May, 2010
This month I’ve been working on an existing jQuery plugin called tagEditor. It is a plugin that turns an ordinary text input field into a dynamic tag tokenizer. The idea is that it can be used as a tag input or edit form control. It interacts a lot like the tag editor used here in WordPress or other popular tools that use tags. Tags are separated by a separator (most commonly an enter or ,) and then transformed into a list where the tag can be removed by clicking on it. It is usable together with an auto-complete (the jQuery UI auto-complete works well) to create the perfect user experience.
In Europe the fight for software patents have always been kept at bay. This week though in Germany one of the European strongholds broke down. A German court declared patents on software legal! Although my country does not deal in this kind of behavior yet it seems to be going that way…
This new found legality of software patents gives an open invitation to everyone who wanted to patent the way basic programming stuff to basic interaction practices. HTC and Apple had a recent clash that was based on those kinds of ideas.
Why do we fight this kind of patenting? Why is it so bad? Or is it!?