OOXML Zealots

Saturday, 2007-January-20 at 13:49

Ben from Genii Software points out that it seems like all OOXML zealots have a few things in common.

They stick together, post on each other’s blogs, and generally prop up each other’s arguments. It helps that they all seem to work for the same employer….

That is the key to understanding this issue.  There is almost zero demand for this (OOXML) except inside of Microsoft.  On the other hand, ODF, ISO 26300, is being promoted by a wide variety of people that work for a variety of different entities, from IBM and Sun to small one-person firms that wish to use their choice of applications and still be able to communicate effectively with their customers and suppliers.

Rob Weir took a humorous approach, but he wound up showing that a wide variety of companies and individuals are behind the support for ODF.  Aside from the fact that I started dancing around singing "Oompa loompa, doompa dee doo.  I have another puzzle for you….", I really enjoyed Rob's post.

As shrill as the debate gets, remember, there is only one source for the pro-OOXML message, and that is the single-source vendor who make the software that uses OOXML file formats.  (And then, after all of that, the Office 2007 tries to promote their new binary format instead of OOXML or OOXML+binary blobs.)  I guess that is because everyone except for Microsoft will benefit from truly open, XML-based file formats.

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