[Fsf-friends] Say No to ECMA OOXML at BIS
Wed Jul 11 09:19:33 IST 2007
I sent both links to PJ of groklaw.
Some Interesting Observations on the MS Response is online now
Minutes of Meeting held on May 07, 2007, with comments
Two beautiful points in MS response:
* OOXML does not have a large number of features but is "feature rich".
"The statement was not that the size is due to the large number
of features but “feature rich”. The size of the document is also due to
the fact that it is a fully defined specification."
(note, OOXML is incomplete, inconsistent, and lacks semantic, ie,
it is a street directory without a map)
* 6000+4000 pages of OOXML specifications are needed because MS couldn't
be bothered to ask Oasis to define spreadsheet formula's
"As an example, which was cited in the meeting but has not been
captured in the minutes, is the specification for implementing formulas
in Spreadsheets which is not present in ODF. In this case what would
spreadsheet formula specifications be considered as if not a point of
* In the Response to the Question by Dr. Nagarjuna, MS throws in another
"Covenant not to sue", now with regard to the old binary office formats.
Instead of giving a clear license to use the specifications, you
are now still not allowed to use them. However, MS now promises not to
sue you under some conditions, or maybe they will sue you under some
other conditions. Just like OOXML.
"It is to be noted that Microsoft has made the .doc, .xls, and
.ppt binary file format specifications available under a royalty-free
covenant not to sue to anyone who wishes to implement all or part of
these specifications in their products."
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