I had a few interesting articles I thought folks might be interested in:
Miguel de Icaza – The EU Prosecutors are Wrong
Miguel has an excellent write up drilling into the details around both ODF and OpenXML. Miguel explains how the legal team representing a collection of companies against Microsoft is "not only shooting themselves in the foot, they are shooting all of our collective open source feet." He goes into a number of interesting areas of the specs, and seriously challenges the complaints that having everything fully documented in 6,000 pages is somehow a bad thing. I also liked his example of the work done to fully document the spreadsheet functions thanks in no small part to the help we received from Novell's Jody Goldberg and Michael Meeks:
"The original submission to the ECMA TC45 working group did not have any of this information. Jody Goldberg and Michael Meeks that represented Novell at the TC45 requested the information and it eventually made it into the standards. I consider this a win, and I consider those 324 extra pages a win for everyone (almost half the size of the ODF standard).
Depending on how you count, ODF has 4 to 10 pages devoted to it. There is no way you could build a spreadsheet software based on this specification.
To build a spreadsheet program based on ODF you would have to resort to an existing implementation source code (OpenOffice.org, Gnumeric) or you would have to resort to Microsoft's public documentation or ironically to the OOXML specification."
"…considering that it is impossible to implement a spreadsheet program based on ODF, am convinced that the analysis done by those opposing OOXML is incredibly shallow, the burden is on them to prove that ODF is "enough" to implement from scratch alternative applications."
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What is "Contradiction" of an ISO Standard
Rick Jelliffe provides his view on what the contradictory period of the fast-track process is supposed to focus on. Remember that the ODF spec used the PAS process which doesn't even allow for a contradictory period, it just goes straight into the technical review. We're seeing a lot of folks trying to shape what "contradictory" means in order to suite their goals. I think Rick takes a great step in clearing things up:
I take a fairly strict view of "contradiction". Anything else works against fairness of process.
A contradiction is where
What OpenXML Means to IBM and Lotus Notes
This article takes a look at the motivation behind IBM's support ODF and aggressive opposition of OpenXML.
"With Lotus notes being posed to be the first major commercial application to support ODF, and OpenOffice being so heavily influenced by IBM, there is the chance to gain a pocket monopoly in Belgium. Moreover, with the incompatibilities between different ODF implementations tripping up late comers, IBM could theoretically control that market for years to come."
Wouter van Vugt – Doug is Evil
Funny take on the whole Wikipedia issue, and a great picture of Doug Mahugh.
"It would be a great thing for me as a developer if this Open XML is in the hands of ISO, as this will provide me more security for the future, interoperability, and the possibility to make the apps my customers demand."