Anyone who regularly shares digital documents with others will be familiar with the occasional cry of “Sorry, I can’t open the attachment”, or words to that effect. While document sharing is much better than it used to be, problems still surface from time to time due to incompatibility issues.
The most common scenario I come across is with Microsoft Word. I send someone a file with the .docx suffix which can’t be opened at the other end. The reason? My correspondent is still running an older version of Microsoft Word that can only read.doc files.
Ever listened to a bunch of teenagers talking on the train and wondered that they seem to be speaking the same language as you, but you can hardly understand a word they’re saying? To avoid going into the technicalities, let’s just say the software generation gap is analogous to this.