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Re: [News] Why Microsoft Open XML is a Scam

Erik Funkenbusch wrote:
On Thu, 07 Dec 2006 08:19:37 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:

Signs That Your "Open Standard" May Not Be Open Enough

You've really been on a FUD roll here Roy.

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| If OOXML is an open standard, why must Mac MS Office users wait so
| long for OOXML support? Correct me if I am wrong, but MS Office on
| the Mac is developed by Microsoft themselves, how is it that the
| Windows Office development team had access to the OOXML specification
| but the Mac Office team did not?

They did. They've been busy working on the next version of Office:mac, with the next version due sometime next summer. We don't know why Legacy OXML support was such a low priority for them, but just because they chose not to implement legacy support in time has no bearing on how "open" the format is.

Do you use any open source tools, Erik, like Open Office for instance? I was curious. It seems pretty decent to me. Maybe KWord or Abiword can do things O-O can't. One thing in particular KWord is better at is inter-operability with LaTeX, or so I've read. Probably none of the two can read Power Point as well as O-O, and even that doesn't always work 100%. I've read O-O has an engine that reads Power Point quite well.

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