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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Office 'Forks' Into Multiple File Formats (Forced 'Upgrades')

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Office 'Forks' Into Multiple File Formats (Forced 'Upgrades')
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 10:05:19 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Office 2007's Confusion Mode

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| So Microsoft clearly loves multiple Microsoft document formats! (Discuss 
| among yourselves whether this love is amour de soi or amour propre.) But what 
| about other, standard formats?   



[OOXML] Math markup marked down

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| It appears that Science, the journal of the America Association for the 
| Advancement of Science (AAAS), itself the largest scientific society in the 
| world, has updated its authoring guidelines to include advice for Office 
| 2007 users. The news is not good.
| [...]
| Uh oh. Not only cannot you not submit files in OOXML format, but 
| you can't even use Office 2007 and save in the old binary formats. 
| The choice to invent a new "Open Math Markup Language" rather 
| then use the well-established existing standard, MathML, appears 
| to be a serious flaw.


In case you were wondering how big 6000 pages is: OpenXML/OOXML/whatever

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| Take a look at this photo from an OOXML workshop. (Read the blog entry
| too.) [Photo of a pile of 6,000+ pages]
| I don't know what your job is, but imagine your boss came to you and
| said "read this, fully understand it, implement it perfectly, and make
| sure that it fully interoperates with the software being produced by
| anyone else doing the same." Translate this statement to your own job
| and stare again at that photo. What do you conclude?
|     * You'll have lifetime employment trying to implement the spec.
|     * Your boss comes from another wacko parallel universe.
|     * This is a joke if not a travesty.
|     * Your job evaluation will not be very good next year.
|     * There is no way you can fully do the job without
|       reimplementing significant portions of Microsoft's product
|       portfolio and therefore you will run into intellectual
|       property problems. (Don?t think that's a problem?)
|     * Microsoft is trying to change the rules on what is a standard
|       and who can implement it.


Microsoft playing three card monte with XML conversion

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| Gary Edwards of the Open Document Foundation, a leading member
| of its technical committee, says Microsoft is playing proprietary
| games aimed at controlling XML file formats and preventing the
| Open Document Format from gaining a foothold.


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