Unfortunately, in softwareland, the 'forseeable future' is usually about three weeks.
Originally posted by Billthekat
The acceptance of the Abode Acrobat portable digital format (pdf) seems to be the standard for the foreseeable future and is compatible for the conversion of materials already on mircofilm or microfilche.
When I want to read a book that was published a hundred years ago all I have to do is open the book & put on my glasses. If I want to look at something I filed away electronically fifteen years ago I have to find a PC equipped with a five and a quarter inch floppy drive and which still has Wordstar 3 installed.
There's a very interesting article on digital file longevity here:
And I guess 'microfilche' (as opposed to microfiche) was a slip of the finger but it's a wonderful word. It conjurs up images of Johnny Cash's Cadillac - One Piece at a Time