[odf-discuss] Gnome, Ecma, and what governments (and FOSS?) should
pj at groklaw.net
Fri Nov 2 23:13:47 EDT 2007
Since you don't follow my reasoning, let me show you someone else who
explains the issue in a way that may be clearer:
Will GNOME split give Microsoft Open XML standards win?
& Paula Rooney
Microsoft’s efforts to overturn a vote earlier this year denying its
Open XML “fast track” standards certification seem to be getting a boost
from the GNOME Foundation....
OpenXML, also called OOXML, was denied “fast track” International
Standards Organization (ISO) approval in September, but a final vote on
making it a standard will take place in February, and Microsoft is
anxious to get the earlier decision reversed.
To that end Microsoft is working with the ECMA TC 45 group to answer
detailed questions which accompanied the negative ballots in September,
in hopes of changing hearts and minds by February. GNOME’s participation
in that group is upsetting Open Document Format (ODF) advocates....
Dave Neary, a member of the GNOME Foundation and community manager for
OpenWengo, says it’s all safe as milk. Quoting Jody Goldberg, who calls
supporting ODF “significantly more difficult” than supporting OOXML, he
suggests ODF will never be the “one true format” without destroying its
Once a proprietary standard is approved by the ISO, and made a standard,
its eventual replacement by a truly open standard like ODF becomes
impossible. At best the two stand side-by-side, and Microsoft’s market
dominance is baked into the market.
Jody Goldberg wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 02, 2007 at 09:06:56PM -0400, Pamela Jones wrote:
>> It's an issue that came up in the first vote discussions repeatedly. Here
>> is just one example from the meeting in Australia, where the MS
>> representative and CompTIA both mentioned that MS OOXML should qualify
>> because so many others want it and use it.
> I'm sorry but I do not follow your reasoning.
> MS argues that their vast installed user base of MS Office users
> wants a non-binary file format. How does the existence of Gnumeric
> or OO.o relate ?
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