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13:01 Dec 20, 2005
English to Chinese translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - IT (Information Technology) / document format
English term or phrase:with a massive lead time
In many ways this decision was fairly obvious. OpenDocument appears, at this point, to be the way to go, with no realistic alternative, for any government. The only real contenders were:
1、Microsoft Office binary format, the current common interchange format. But this is being abandoned by Microsoft, fails to exploit the newer XML technologies (thus giving up their advantages), and because it’s undocumented it’s causing continuous information loss. Just try to read Office documents from 10 years ago -- you’ll often fail. Now remember that governments need them in future centuries. They’re not meeting the need, so an alternative is needed.
2、Going with Microsoft Office XML, which as shown below, doesn’t meet government minimum requirements such as allowing any supplier to implement it. And implementations aren’t even available yet, though at this point that probably doesn’t matter any more.
3、OpenDocument, the only official standard. It’s already implemented by multiple vendors (including some at no cost), and it’s the only one that really meets government needs... and with a massive lead time to boot.