Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jul 2007 22:00 UTC
Features, Office Massachusetts has proposed changing its standards policy to make room for Microsoft Office document formats. The state's Information Technology Division on Monday posted a draft proposal, part of a periodic revision to its overall technical architecture, to its Web site where it will be under review until July 20. If accepted, the policy update would list Office Open XML as acceptable 'open formats' for use by executive-branch state agencies. Office Open XML, also referred to as Ecma-376, are the XML-based file formats in Office 2007 that Microsoft standardized at Ecma International late last year.
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bah
by miserj on Mon 2nd Jul 2007 23:45 UTC
miserj
Member since:
2006-05-15

Grr people just don't get it. Well fine they can enjoy their death trap. I was so hopeful and proud to be in MA, the state fighting for open formats, but now this happens.

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RE: bah
by trenchsol on Tue 3rd Jul 2007 09:42 in reply to "bah"
trenchsol Member since:
2006-12-07

OOXML format is as much open and standard as any other. The fact that it is owned by Microsoft does not change anything.

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RE[2]: bah
by miserj on Tue 3rd Jul 2007 10:28 in reply to "RE: bah"
miserj Member since:
2006-05-15

"OOXML format is as much open and standard as any other. The fact that it is owned by Microsoft does not change anything."

True, it is a much better attempt than their previous one I give em that.

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RE[2]: bah
by dsmogor on Tue 3rd Jul 2007 12:28 in reply to "RE: bah"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Read that and think again:
http://www.noooxml.org/local--files/arguments/TheCaseAgainstOOXML.p...

OOXML may be an nonbinary XML format but missing crucial specifications it's far from being open. For non-microsoft world wanting to support it fully it is not much of a gain because:
1. Binary ole container is currently best reverse engineered of all aspects of doc format . Having xml dump of it doesn't buy much today.
2. It's the meaning of all attributes, precise definition of their impact and MS commitment to that definition what is most needed and incidentally lacking from OOXML spec.
Until I see a 100% correct .docx viewer running on non-windows OS and written with 0% of MS-deriven code I can assure it's open.

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RE[2]: bah
by walterbyrd on Tue 3rd Jul 2007 14:08 in reply to "RE: bah"
walterbyrd Member since:
2005-12-31

>>OOXML format is as much open and standard as any other.<<

It most certainly is not. Read this:

http://www.robweir.com/blog/2007/06/no-representation-without-speci...

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