__/ [ Ian Hilliard ] on Sunday 05 March 2006 19:11 \__
> It looks like we're going into the ODF debate Round II. Microsoft are
> still trying to defend the indefensible and blaming their man on site for
> not being able to put the point.
> Of course, standards are in everybody's interest except Microsoft's. If
> all documents were in the same format then the word processors would have
> to compete on a level playing field. This is something that Microsoft does
> not Excel in, if you'll excuse the pun.
ODF will probably become the universal convention. To use an analogy from
Seinfeld, it's very much like a soda vending machine. You have to rock it
back and forth a few times, then it falls over. These debates can carry on
for a while, but affordability and the interest in openness (which should be
*most* treasured to governments) will most likely win. Office is said to
have an interest in opening formats (whatever that truly means), but cost
and platform dependence will play a role too.
To point out a news item, GUI design professionals have had their say on
KOffice. This looks promising.
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