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'''Software imperialism''' is control of code, e.g. [[wiki code]], which is used to require data to conform to its expectations, e.g. a [[wikitext standard]].  This makes it all but impossible to create alternate software, and "locks in" a large number of users to a possibly inferior code base.
 
'''Software imperialism''' is control of code, e.g. [[wiki code]], which is used to require data to conform to its expectations, e.g. a [[wikitext standard]].  This makes it all but impossible to create alternate software, and "locks in" a large number of users to a possibly inferior code base.
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Microsoft Windows, Office and [[mediawiki]] are clear examples of this phenomena.  The developers of both have strongly resisted any standardization that would allow any outside developers, much more competent as a rule, to compete with them to "manage" the vast [[text corpus]] stored using these user interfaces.
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Microsoft Windows, Office and [[mediawiki]] are clear examples of this phenomenon.  The developers of both have strongly resisted any standardization that would allow any outside developers, much more competent as a rule, to compete with them to "manage" the vast [[text corpus]] stored using these user interfaces.
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