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Update (slim down?) lossless codecs' wiki pages?

Most codecs' individual wiki pages are quite a bit outdated, often to the point of being misleading. 

Either one could make an effort to bring them up-to-date (... well how much is happening to them?) or I possibly: slim down some of them to the more permanent information (like author, when it was developed, some key features that are unlikely to be removed or change) and codec-specific usage guidance - and then a general "for more information, see the lossless comparison". 
Maybe make sure that every article has early on the line about what "lossless" is, plus then something about hybrid.  (The FLAC article explains this ... is that good and needed, or should it be relegated the
Likely make the info boxes up-right more uniform.

And that goes for some of the better maintained too, like Monkey's.


Examples:
ALAC: good news, it was reverse-engineered in 2005.
LPAC: Author is recently working on MPEG-4 ALS, which as of April 2005 ...
RK Audio: "some years ago", "recently", ...
Shorten: "years ago" ... yeah, it's been years.
TAK: Page looks updated, but no mention of 2.3.1.
OptimFROG: Links to a 2005 lossless comparison, and calls its 2001 features "new".
TTA: Mixed bag isn't it?  But the encryption feature that the author has touted, isn't even mentioned.
WavPack: no mention of releases after 5.1.0
WMAL: "It's a welcome addition since it was the first lossless codec backed up by a major player in the multimedia compression field." 
(This is an article on all the WMA formats, and with obsolete information on the non-"L" WMAs too.)


And also:
According to https://wiki.hydrogenaudio.org/index.php?title=Lossless , both LPAC and RK Audio are "popular".
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Re: Update (slim down?) lossless codecs' wiki pages?

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Maybe make sure that every article has early on the line about what "lossless" is
For this point I'd suggest simply linkifying the term lossless to allow the reader to visit the Lossless wiki entry. Which thankfully all the popular lossless codecs entries already have, with the exception of TAK, that I've since added. A minor point maybe, but no reason to duplicate the same info multiple times on multiple pages.

Re: Update (slim down?) lossless codecs' wiki pages?

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Update as opposed to dumbed down page to more static info.
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Re: Update (slim down?) lossless codecs' wiki pages?

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Update as opposed to dumbed down page to more static info.
Issue is that nobody bothers to keep them updated in their individual pages. I'd guess users care more the lossless comparison page; that goes both for users who will update, and users who want to learn.
That's not dumbing down, it is redirecting to where the info is.
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