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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by segedunum on Sun 25th Nov 2007 00:44 UTC in reply to "..."
segedunum
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2005-07-06

Well, love it or hate it OOXML is here to stay...

This is a common argument. OOXML has not reach anything near a critical mass to make it worthwhile, and it doesn't justify it as an implementable standard or the doctored process it has gone through. Saying that Microsoft has come up with it to so it is inevitable is not a great argument.

So, I think the GNOME project is doing the rigth think, always thinking with the cold head for the sake of the user and not jumping into attacks that won't lead to anywhere but isolation.

The rational approach is to help get peoples' existing documents into an open format everyone can work with. That is the only workable, technical solution that can have any benefit for users. Running around trying to support yet another unsupportable format isn't the answer.

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by google_ninja on Sun 25th Nov 2007 01:31 in reply to "RE: ..."
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

This is a common argument. OOXML has not reach anything near a critical mass to make it worthwhile, and it doesn't justify it as an implementable standard or the doctored process it has gone through. Saying that Microsoft has come up with it to so it is inevitable is not a great argument.


MS Office uses it by default. Since it has more market share then everything else put together, I would say that it has long since hit critical mass, and you really need to come up with good reasons NOT to use it, since it is what the rest of the world operates on.

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by KugelKurt on Sun 25th Nov 2007 11:46 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
KugelKurt Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm not sure if MS Office 2007 (earlyer versions don't use OOXML by default) has a higher market share than OpenOffice etc.

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by Almafeta on Sun 25th Nov 2007 01:51 in reply to "RE: ..."
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by gilboa on Sun 25th Nov 2007 08:18 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

"Microsoft Office."

FALSE.

DOC has critical mass behind it.
For OOXML to reach the same critical mass, MS must first force-upgrade each and every Office 2K/XP/2K3 user.

- Gilboa

Edited 2007-11-25 08:18

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by tomcat on Mon 26th Nov 2007 09:18 in reply to "RE: ..."