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Re: OpenDocument Foundation's 'woes' have little to do with OpenDoc Format's future

____/ Rex Ballard on Saturday 24 November 2007 17:21 : \____

> On Nov 24, 9:45 am, Ramon F Herrera <ra...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> "in the headline of the aforelinked Ars Technica story -- OpenDocument
>> Foundation closes up shop after slamming OpenDocument Format -- hides a
>> subtle truth regarding the relationship between the OpenDocument
>> Format and the OpenDocument Foundation: the future of the OpenDocument
>> Foundation has nothing to do with the future of the OpenDocument
>> Format. In other words, any indication by anybody that the
>> OpenDocument Format has been vacated by its supporters is pure FUD."
>> [...]
> Microsoft was unsuccessful in getting OpenXML adopted as an ISO
> standard, primarily BECAUSE of their "black stream" formats.  "Black
> Stream" is a term for Envelopes for carrying NDA protected binary
> streams which can only be interpreted by Microsoft's DLLs.

Microsoft's insiders/Linux traitors appear to deny this on Microsoft's behalf,
but this is all well documented. Another dark secret about OOXML are the
patent liabilities that come with it. Sheesh! Don't tell anyone that Microsoft
apparently still files OOXML-related patents, as lookups in the WIPO Web 
sites reveal.

> Now, since it looks like ODF will be adopted as a standard, Microsoft
> is trying to use the Open Document Foundation to either pressure the
> incorporation of "Black Stream" into the ODF standard.  For obvious
> reasons, the OASIS organization, which provides the formal standards
> review process for Open Document Format.  Perhaps Microsoft had the
> organization named Open Document Foundation for the purpose of causing
> as much confusion as possible.

The confusion was caused by 'reporters' who are in Microsoft's pocket, such as
Mary Jo Foley. They have been criticised harshly for that.

>> http://blogs.zdnet.com/Berlind/?p=898
>> In short:
>>           The ODF is dead, long live the ODF!!
>> -Ramon

ODF is supported by dozens of software products and I've just found another
one. OOXML was never designed to be supported by anything other than a
20-year-old project with legacy cruft.

                ~~ Best of wishes

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