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Thread poster: Renate Reinartz
Renate Reinartz  Identity Verified
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Sep 4, 2007

I thought it may be of interest for you. Actually is running a petition against making Microsofts 5000 page OOXML an ISO standard:

http://www.noooxml.org/petition

I have signed it because there is already an ISO standard: Open Document Format, and I don't think that the world needs a second one, initiated by a company with monetary interest.

It is M$ clear business strategy to make every thing so complicated that the open source community, or smaller companies don't have a chance to succeed with developing alternative products. OOXML is another milestone for them. Just my two cents.

Renate


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Piotr Bienkowski  Identity Verified
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I signed it, too Sep 4, 2007



The petition is available in 39 languages, including Polish. The Polish gov't and public administration have been too susceptible to the dominance of one company, being generous with spending the taxpayers' money to buy its products, so I signed the petition, too.

Piotr


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M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
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Signed Sep 4, 2007

And the word was spread to my open source supporters/linux friends too


Anni

PS. Update on the subject: http://neowin.net/index.php?act=view&id=42378

[Edited at 2007-09-04 15:17]


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Signed too Sep 4, 2007

But the process was sooooo slooooww!
Microsoft has no ability to comply to any standards, not even those set by themselves.
Cheers
Heinrich


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Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
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Thanks Anni for the update. Good news for now!

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Mulyadi Subali  Identity Verified
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me 2 Sep 5, 2007

just did. now you can also download a plug-in to open odt on word 2003. i posted the thread here: http://www.proz.com/topic/83011

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Vito Smolej
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OOXML has not achieved the required number of votes for approval Sep 5, 2007

see: http://blog.janik.cz/archives/2007/09/04/T19_01_36/

What is the difference between glass doors and Office Open XML? There is no difference. Both should look open from afar.

This URL is already antological:

http://blog.janik.cz/archives/2007/05/19/T20_32_07/

"...BTW - with the help of Dan, Jirka and Filip, we were able to "print" the complete OOXML specification, bind it in six volumes (1000 sheets per volume) and we brought it with us to the workshop.



It is very simple and I wrote it several times. I do not like to look like idiot. After reading few pages of the specification, I think TC45 members simply like it OR they never read the specification OR something else ($$$$$)...
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[Edited at 2007-09-05 06:00]


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Siegfried Armbruster  Identity Verified
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Just interested Sep 5, 2007

I'm just interested if any of you who signed this petition did read either the Open Office XML specification or the OOXML specification.

Siegfried


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Piotr Bienkowski  Identity Verified
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Not the specification but opinion of experts Sep 5, 2007

Siegfried Armbruster wrote:

I'm just interested if any of you who signed this petition did read either the Open Office XML specification or the OOXML specification.

Siegfried


It's internal inconsistency is hair-raising. There is serious doubt whether third party tools would really be able to implement it.

Please find technical criticisms towards the end of this article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_Open_XML#Criticism_by_competitors_and_free_software_and_open_source

BTW, did you read either/both specifications? If you're an active translator/interpreter I guess you did not have the time.

Regards,

Piotr

P.S. I did read most of this:

http://doc.oooforum.dk/Filer/ISO_kommentar_OpenOffice_org.pdf

A very interesting read indeed.

[Edited at 2007-09-05 16:22]


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