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OpenXML and ODF - it's not a zero sum game.

Jean Goffinet of Clever Age has a post intriguingly titled "Are we traitors or mercenaries?" on the ODF Converter team blog describing a lunch appointment with two "emissaries" from OpenOffice.org and OASIS. He explains how after the project was announced he reached out to both organisations, as he says :-

After the project launching, I had contacted both organizations: the first one to ask for contributors (our plug-in is designed to allow its use by other applications, so we thought that OpenOffice.org could be interested in joining the team to make its product open and save docx files) and the second to have its agreement to use OASIS logo in our plug-in (agreement that we never had, so we decided to use another picture).

Sadly he then goes on to say

The two emissaries wanted to tell us how we were seen by OpenOffice.org and OASIS, and also to ask us some questions regarding our position. So we learnt that the OpenOffice.org team considered us as "traitors" (who are those traitors that work for the Big Satan Microsoft?) and that people from OASIS "did not like us" (even if they don't really care about our little company). In fact that was not a definitive judgement: they wanted to know exactly in which camp we were - because in this war, you cannot remain independant, you have to choose your side. So by default, as we work for Microsoft, we are seen as enemies; but if we show good willing and for instance join the OpenDocument consortium, that could be a sign that we may on the contrary be friends.

If you are interested in document formats, in OpenXML, ODF, or interoperability you should read the rest of his post. For my part I don't think that this is a zero sum game. Happily more and more of the policy makers I am interacting with are reaching this same realisation too.

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Orcmid said:

"For my part I don't think that this is a zero sum game." I am in complete agreement with you on this. And to the degree that it is played like a zero-sum game, the more the real users and those seriously wanting to conduct interchange among freely-chosen products and applications will become collateral damage.
# September 12, 2006 12:31 AM

Notes2Self.net said:

Tom Robertson and Jean Paoli have just posted an open letter on Microsoft's Interoperability page titled

# February 14, 2007 5:25 PM

Doug Mahugh said:

There's an open letter to the community on the Microsoft interop site today that acknowledges some of

# February 15, 2007 2:49 AM

Notes2Self.net said:

Eric Lae is reporting that " According to an e-mail sent Saturday by Lisa Rachjel, the secretariat

# March 12, 2007 3:51 PM

Notes2Self.net said:

I was just looking at Karel De Vriendt's ODEF (Open Document Exchange Formats) Workshop Conclusions

# March 21, 2007 9:26 PM

Notes2Self.net said:

By nature I am an optimist. I also believe that people's motivations are generally honourable and beliefs

# March 22, 2007 12:22 AM

Notes2Self.net said:

DIN 's Information Technology Standardization Committee's newly formed 'Translation of Document Formats'

# May 12, 2007 2:50 PM

Notes2Self.net said:

A couple of interesting items prompt me to write a quick post about IBM. Jack Schofield, the Guardian

# June 8, 2007 3:23 AM

Notes2Self.net said:

The OpenXML Community site now has over 2000 community members which is over 6 times the number when

# August 12, 2007 12:24 AM

TrackBack said:

Earlier today the Burton Group released a free (registration required) report authored by Guy Creese

# January 12, 2008 1:08 AM

Notes2Self.net said:

ISO and IEC have joined Ecma , Standard Norge , Dansk Standard and Standards Malaysia in posting a press

# March 5, 2008 6:58 PM

Notes2Self.net said:

I've lost count of how many times I've said this , and how many times when I've been told that Microsoft

# May 21, 2008 8:17 PM

Doug Mahugh said:

There's an open letter to the community on the Microsoft interop site today that acknowledges some of

# July 2, 2011 7:28 PM