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[4]: This ballot isn't needed.
by lemur2 on Fri 7th Aug 2009 11:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: This ballot isn't needed."
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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...

Three problems with your reasoning:

(1) There are a number of independent implementations of ODF in various Office suites other than Microsoft's implementation, and all of them managed to be interoperable, and

(2) Microsoft itself has offered a specification to the ISO, which has been accepted as ISO 29500, and there is not one single implementation of that "standard" anywhere on the planet (let alone a number that can interoperate), and

(3) There are files that one can load and save in ODF formats that allow one to TEST compliance. Microsoft's implementation of ODF fails these test cases miserably.


The defence rests.

Edited 2009-08-07 12:03 UTC

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