[odf-discuss] Gnome, Ecma, and what governments (and FOSS?) should
pj at groklaw.net
Fri Nov 2 15:18:21 EDT 2007
Yes, they do. Popularity is a way to answer the complaint that MS OOXML
is only for Windows. They have to break that perception.
Note eWeek's coverage right after the first, negative vote:
Microsoft officials are upbeat about their prospects. "This preliminary
vote is a milestone for the widespread adoption of the Open XML formats
around the world for the benefit of millions of customers," Tom
Robertson, Microsoft's general manager of interoperability and
standards, told eWeek. "Given how encouraging the results were, we
believe that the final tally in early 2008 will result in the
ratification of Open XML as an ISO standard."
But Marino Marcich, executive director of the ODF Alliance, which is
pushing the Open Document Format alternative, disagreed, saying that no
matter what the final outcome, the comments submitted from countries
that voted indicate misgivings about OOXML's interoperability and openness.
ewEEK.com Special Report: XML
"These concerns included the insufficiency of Microsoft's patent pledge,
the undocumented features of OOXML preventing its use by other vendors,
dependencies on other Microsoft proprietary products and technical
defects which will have to be resolved at the ballot resolution meeting
in February 2008 if OOXML is to ultimately achieve ISO approval,"
Long term, governments would think twice before using a format so
closely linked to a single vendor's products, he said.
Do you really not know this?
Daniel Carrera wrote:
>> But who then makes the judgement that the conflicts are or are not
>> sufficiently resolved?
> But none of the conflicts raised have anything to do with how popular OOXML is. The conflicts are not "this is hard to implement" or "only Microsoft uses it". Even being a bit irratioinal, Gnome's presence in TC45 has nothing to do with how the conflicts are resolved or ignored. Can you find any conflict that even a reasonably irrational person could call resolved on the basis that Gnome is in TC45?
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