[Fsf-friends] The MS-OOXML converter hoax

Anivar Aravind anivar@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Tue Jul 17 19:13:30 IST 2007

  The converter hoax

    Instead Microsoft focusses on MS-OOXML, which it promotes on the
    grounds of technical superiority and wider range of features. But if
    Microsoft's claims to technical superiority of MS-OOXML over ODF are
    true, how could one ever be converted perfectly into the other?

    Microsoft maintains that while it would have been easy to support the
    Open Document Format (ODF) natively, it had to move to MS-OOXML
    because this was the only way for them to offer the full features of
    its office suite. But if Microsoft itself is not able to represent
    its internal data structures in the Open Document Format (ODF) in its
    Microsoft Office suite, how could an external conversion program from
    MS-OOXML accomplish this task?

    The answer to both questions is that it is not possible because two
    things cannot be the same and different at the same time.

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Anivar Aravind
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