Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Aug 2009 22:04 UTC
Microsoft Just when you thought the world couldn't get any crazier, something happens that makes you move your expectations of the world up a few nothces. We already have to deal with the browser ballot, but that's not the only ballot Microsoft will deliver. Hold on to your panties, as Microsoft will also offer a file format ballot in Microsoft Office 2010. On a happier note, Microsoft makes a whole load of promises to the EU about opening up technologies and file formats.
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RE: This ballot isn't needed.
by PlatformAgnostic on Fri 7th Aug 2009 02:23 UTC in reply to "This ballot isn't needed."
PlatformAgnostic
Member since:
2006-01-02

This already exists in Office 2007 SP2. One of the options is ODF (in addition to such venerable formats as DOC and WordPerfect).

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

This already exists in Office 2007 SP2. One of the options is ODF (in addition to such venerable formats as DOC and WordPerfect).


It doesn't work.

Of all the existing implementations of ODF, Microsoft's is by far the most non-compliant and the only one that doesn't interoperate.

There are at least two plugins from other companies that work far better.

If one was cynical, it would seem that Microsoft sought out as many parts of the ODF specification that could possibly be interpreted in different ways as it could, and then implemented ODF 1.0 in an incompatible and non-interoperable way under that different interpretation.

Such a pity that Microsoft now has to undo all that sabotage effort they have put in if they want to be compliant with ODF 1.2.

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hyper Member since:
2005-06-29


If one was cynical, it would seem that Microsoft sought out as many parts of the ODF specification that could possibly be interpreted in different ways as it could, and then implemented ODF 1.0 in an incompatible and non-interoperable way under that different interpretation.


Then the problem is in both ODF specification and its Microsoft implementation. What kind of "specification" can be interpreted in an "incompatible way"? The answer IMO is: a very bad one. Oh well...

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