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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RE: But OOXML is absolutedly *not* open
by walterbyrd on Sun 25th Nov 2007 13:15 UTC in reply to "..."
walterbyrd
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>>Well, love it or hate it OOXML is here to stay<<

That is not the problem. The problem is that OOXML is being certified by the ISO as on open standard, and OOXML is absolutely *not* open.

In many places, the OOXML documentation makes statements like: "do this the same as in Office-97" but the office-97 specs are closed. Hence OOXML is *not* open.

Msft is free to churn out whatever proprietary standards they want. And stupid people are free to be vendor-locked by those standards. Just don't lie about OOXML being open, that is all I ask.

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