Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 24th Nov 2007 23:31 UTC
Gnome "The GNOME Foundation has issued a statement in response to recent accusations that it has been supporting the acceptance of Microsoft's Office Open XML format as an ECMA standard at the expense of the Open Document Format, the open standard used by OpenOffice.org, KOffice and other free software office applications. However, whether the statement's attempt at logical rebuttal will do anything to reduce the emotions or altruism behind the criticisms is anybody's guess."
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It's Very Simple
by segedunum on Sun 25th Nov 2007 00:30 UTC
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The criticism is very simple and understandable. While the old office binary formats are pretty much universal, and all office suites generally need to handle them in one form or another, OOXML is not. OOXML is simply the old binary format, regurgitated into a bastardised XML form with some new stuff thrown in for good measure - that isn't XML.

Because of this, trying to implement OOXML is pointless. I should also draw a distinction between OOXML and OOXML as implemented by Microsoft Office, because Microsoft Office is the only test suite we have for OOXML. The Microsoft Office implementation of OOXML is the only one that matters. Any collaboration is fruitless.

This materially harms the support and usage of open formats in open source applications that everyone can implement on a level playing field. Telling us that OOXML is easier to implement is not terribly reassuring that this principle is being upheld, and Microsoft employees using that as proof that OOXML is an implementable, and therefore open, format is not helping:

http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones/archive/2007/08/15/why-there-s-no...

I don't find that position to be emotional or paranoid.

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