Some really interesting things to note for the week:
If Microsoft wrote this, we would be up in arms: "people have been able to exchange spreadsheets using completely undocumented formats, such as Excel's, for many years so this notion that documents "can't be exchanged" until every jot and tiddle is written down is simply untrue." What a snowjob! Actually, the quote comes from the ODF website.
What I see is that Microsoft is taking a new turn on the interoperability field - yes it goes slowly, very slowly, but hey! that's Microsoft! We're not speaking of a little agile company. Yes, they could have done better regarding ODF compatibility, but they could have done less as well. So we have here an opportunity to do a good job, to allow MS Office users to work with ODF documents: let's give this initiative a chance. I'm not saying that OpenOffice.org or OASIS hostility are a threat for the success of this project - but for sure things wouldn't go worse if they supported it!
Q: Which of these products will be compliant with ODF?
A: Today, the IBM productivity editors do not fully support Open Document Format with 100% compliance. Implementation to complete support for SVG (graphics), SMIL (animation), and XForms (forms) will be complete in the next major release. IBM productivity editors can edit and save to Microsoft Office formats as well.
Have a great weekend everyone.