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[News] ODF a Programmer's Friend, OOXML a Programmer's Foe

  • Subject: [News] ODF a Programmer's Friend, OOXML a Programmer's Foe
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 11:13:15 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Web and Application development

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| How well is ODF and OOXML supported in different languages?
| I started off by choosing six common languages used by application and Web 
| developers, then I went and looked for what libraries are available for each 
| document format:  
| Language      ODF     OOXML
| Python                Yes     No
| Perl          Yes     No
| Ruby          Yes     No
| PHP           Yes     Started
| Java          Yes     Started
| Microsoft C#  Yes     Yes



C'mon, Miguel... tell us this is not true!

,----[ Quote ]
| Come on, Miguel! Please tell us this is not what you said. This must be a 
| forgery. Google must have f+cked up with its archive. Microsoft hackers must 
| have cracked the hosting server. Or your email account, and they posted under 
| your name. Or you didn't mean it. You had a terrible headache that Wednesday 
| night. You thought it's April Fool's Day, and it was a good joke. You just 
| wanted to test if it gets noticed.     
| Whatever. Just tell us that it is not what you really think about OOXML.


Shuttleworth Foundation backs ISO ruling

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| The foundation cautioned, however, that the ruling made by ISO was tentative 
| and OOXML could still be considered by ISO as part of a longer process. 
| "According to the Shuttleworth Foundation, this possibility represents a 
| threat to access to information," said Rens. "Multiple formats, especially 
| proprietary formats, present an unnecessary barrier to access to knowledge. 
| The Shuttleworth Foundation remains committed to defending the rights of 
| South Africans in terms of easy access to information and wholly opposes 
| Microsoft’s attempt to introduce a second XML document format standard."     


Norbert Bollow starts OpenISO

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| What do engineers do when they observe a problem? They start a project to fix 
| it. A Swiss standard expert who got annoyed by the "Open XML bug" of ISO  
| procedures launched OpenISO.org. 


Critics Skeptical That Microsoft Will Be Able To Alter Vote On OOXML

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| "I don't believe the votes are later going to go in the other direction," 
| said Zemlin in an interview. Zemlin is sometimes criticized within Linux 
| ranks for his repeated admonition that Microsoft must be respected as a 
| competitor. But he was unsparing in his assessment of the ISO fast track 
| outcome.    


APEC and OOXML - both pointless and annoying

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| Making just as many headlines as George Bush's travelling circus has been 
| Microsoft's failed attempt to fast-track its OOXML document format to the 
| status of an ISO standard.  
| Both these events have been annoying and pointless. Neither has done anything 
| but generate a huge amount of FUD (fear uncertainty and doubt). 


OOXML is defective by design


Microsoft Loses, Spins Open XML Vote

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| ISO issued a statement that makes plain what Microsoft tried to spin as a 
| victory.  


Microsoft FUD Watch: OOXML Edition

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| Apparently, there is more than one way to stuff the ballot box.
| In all my years working as a journalist, I've never seen any technology 
| company spin information the way Microsoft did today. The press release on 
| OOXML ratification is a blueprint for spinning semantics, and the stringing 
| together of truths and half-truths to seemingly make the outcome of one event 
| something else altogether.     


Microsoft spins OOXML loss as a win

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| Microsoft lost its effort to win “fast track” approval of its OOXML (which it 
| calls Open XML)  as an international standard, but you wouldn’t know that 
| from reading much of the press coverage.  
|     * Microsoft claims global support for Open XML.
|     * Microsoft reports victory in preliminary ISO ballot.
|     * Microsoft takes big step toward OOXML approval.
|     * Microsoft is seen winning an international standard vote.   
|     * Strong global support for Open XML.


Lord, what fools these mortals be!

,----[ Quote ]
| No kidding. Microsoft continues to steam-roll the competition, as illustrated 
| by its latest attempt to ram acceptance of OOXML through ISO by the blatantly 
| rigging the vote. And of course the European's really love Microsoft's 
| business practices. Not. No, Microsoft has the DoJ in their hip pocket thanks 
| to the "pro-business" stance of the Bush administration, and as long as 
| Bushites remain in power and the Democrats remain inept and impotent, it's 
| going to stay that way. Which leaves those of use who really believe in a 
| free and fair market to fend for ourselves.       


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