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Subject:   RE: e-archives question
Author: Mathman
Date: Aug 23 2005
On Aug 22 2005, Jeff L wrote:
> (This may end up as a rhetorical question, but I am curious if
> anyone else has opinions.)

How can we assure the continued
> existence of good software when the developer is no longer with us?
> Is there anything that can be done to keep it up-to-date?

What
> happens to various resources when nature, retirement, or change of
> focus intervenes. For an example, see http://www.trottermath.net/
> established by the former Terry Trotter (see
> http://www.geocities.com/go_darkness/trotter.html ). Terry gently
> chided me on some of my word choices for some scripts, until I got
> it right - and then he included it on his site. I do not know who is
> currently running the Trotter site, but what happens to the
> materials when the plug is ultimately pulled?

JavaScripts,
> graphics, lesson plans and many of the current resources on the web
> in the public domain are transportable, i.e., they can be copied and
> inserted into web pages for a specific use. Some are one-of-a-kind,
> some are too specific, and some are outdated.
If something is good,
> how do we assure its availability in the event the site maintainers
> cannot keep up their web presence?

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