Commentary: ISO should kick OOXML off the standards bus
Posted by: Anonymous
on January 26, 2008 05:48 PM
The whole idea of this exercise is to have a set of user file formats that folks can be free to use on any computer, with any software. Microsoft is determined to use file formats as a way to make its own software indispensable especially in business. To say that Microsoft software is not required to compute is a big step toward user data freedom. It is alright to have priority file formats, many softwares have them, but these should not overwrite or be included in the set of formats that are free from manipulation and control of a single vendor. MS has no intention to share, co-operate or expose itself to the open source world, it's dealings with Linux folks have proved that. The ISO should hold their ground.