GIS road is 'wrong route'

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 September, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 September, 1994, 12:00am

WHILE I applaud the decision of the Hong Kong Government to ''put newsspeak on the line'' (Technology Post, August 30) I would like to ask an open question of the Director of Information Services.

Why, when there are widely used international and de facto standards available to access the information superhighway, has the Government decided to build its own private, single track, one-way road for the passing of information electronically to news organisations? I refer to the statement that ''news organisations will have to use G400, a special program provided by GIS''. Why is there a need for a ''special'' program? Surely the whole point of the information superhighway is that electronic communications should be easy and should not be complicated by a complex matrix of different application programs to connect to different information sources? Please, please, please Government, think again. Yes, communicate electronically, but please use a standard common approach for the benefit of ALL. JOHN SANDERS The EDI Shop Ltd Tsim Sha Tsui East PS: This letter was created on a standard ASCII text creation program (word processor) and was sent to the South China Morning Post over standard telephone lines through one of the standard electronic mail systems. No ''special'' programs were necessary - only those that we use seven days a week to communicate with hundreds of companies and individuals worldwide.