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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Orwellian naming
by chrono13 on Sun 25th Nov 2007 09:52 UTC
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2006-10-25

"Open" Office XML is political naming at its finest. It has even fooled a couple of you into believing that it is even *somewhat* open. It isn't.

"autoSpaceLikeWord95" and "lineWrapLikeWord6", these are actual parts of this "open" specification.

And that isn't even the best parts.

If you actually read the specification it's a clear cut case that no-one else but Microsoft can implement it.

Despite the bribes, despite the corruption, and despite causing ISO to "grind to a halt" with deadbeat members ( http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/10/16/207205 ) why do you think it still lost its ISO fast track?

It lost because it is not a real standard, it is not open, and it can't be either until it loses the Microsoft hook - which won't happen.

Microsoft's goal with OOXML is very clear, and it was never freedom from vendor lock-in or collaboration.

The Danish ISO "No", with comments - a very good, even funny, read (390k PDF):
http://www.ds.dk/_root/scripts/getmedia.asp?media_id=2791 )

(with thanks to Matzon: http://osnews.com/read_thread.php?news_id=18686&comment_id=274777 )

Edited 2007-11-25 09:56

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