Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Dec 2006 22:26 UTC
Novell and Ximian The first fruit of the recently announced Novell/Microsoft interoperability agreement arrived on Dec. 4, with Novell's announcement that its version of the OpenOffice productivity suite will now support the Microsoft Office Open XML format. The release candidate of Novell's modified version of 2.02 is now available for Windows for free download by registered Novell users.
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//OOXML is dependent upon Windows in the same way ODF is dependent upon Windows. Both formats allow the embedding of elements that may not have a renderer for the specific platform which you're using. //

This is correct, but disingenious.

ODF does indeed have dependencies external to ODF itself, just as Open XML does.

The difference is, the dependencies of ODF are themselves open standards, such as PNG or SVG or ogg or SIML.

A good many of the dependencies of Open XML, however, are Microsoft proprietary and found only on Windows platforms.

//Is there any valid challenge to OOXML's openness from someone not pushing ODF?//

Yes, there is. See posts above, and this post.

Edited 2006-12-05 01:55

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