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News OOXML fails to get ISO approval

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Da Dego, 5 Sep 2007.

  1. Da Dego

    Da Dego Brett Thomas

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  2. steveo_mcg

    steveo_mcg New Member

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    Not sure i entirely trust MS with controlling the standards for everything, especially photos don't want to find that the pictures taken with my digi cam don't work on my Linux box because MS wouldn't give them access to the format. Wouldn't be the first time MS just dropped something either forcing every one to upgrade and lets face it mass upgrade suits MS in their position as a monopoly. By the same token i think its unwise to trust any one company with your data.
     
  3. Phil Rhodes

    Phil Rhodes Hypernobber

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    > Microsoft's general manager for standards and interoperabilty (sic)

    Gneh, heh!

    But seriously. If they're trying to make something an ISO standard, this is a good thing. We'd need to be very careful - probably have ISO put measures in place to prevent them doing an embrace, extend, extinguish on us, but having this stuff properly ratified is only a good thing.

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  4. quack

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    Except there already is a standard - ODF. We don't need another.
     
  5. wharrad

    wharrad New Member

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    Standards are good... But I'm agreeing that maybe we should be careful allowing Microsoft to decide everything. It's not that I'm against them per say, but I had a little run in with them about a week ago. Apparently needing media rights to play an .avi file I recorded myself in my garden with my video camera of my family... Errr, no thanks.

    Of course XML is different to AVI, but still - in principle I don't want say my dissertation or something locked down by Microsoft and open souce is the easist way to make sure that won't happen.
     
  6. jakenbake

    jakenbake full duplex

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    i must add that last year, for senior design, we had to write a final paper that ended up being about 100 pages with pictures included and everything. the .docx file format was SIGNIFICANTLY smaller than the .doc file format when saved. just a thought.
     
  7. Ramble

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    Agreed, but the standard that ISO accepted of ODF doesn't allow some integral part of spreadsheets. I can't remember what it was though, I think it might have been something like functions.

    EDIT: I have no problem with MS stuff becoming a standard as long as it's open and well documented. It's just like any other company submitted a standard then.
     
  8. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    I'm writing a white paper at the moment investigating security mechanisms of DOCX, ODT and PDF/A and have to say OOXML seems to be one easy to work with format if I ever saw one. That has its downsides of course (read: SECURITY FLAAAAAW!!!!) but I'd support OOXML becoming a new standard.
    And about the ODF being the actual standard right now as far as I know MS and Oo_Org's people worked on an open document format together quite some time before MS quit and finally released OOXML. So ODF is (and please correct me if I'm wrong) almost the same as OOXML minus some features like adjustments for handicapped or blind people.
     
  9. completemadness

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    QFT

    Only MS would release their new version of their software, using their new standard, which, oh, BTW, isn't a standard - *claps*
     
  10. TRG

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    I believe that a working example of a given standard is required to become ratified, regardless of the vote, thus because office 2007 does not comply fully, it doesn't fly, regardless of the vote. Also, it conflicts with many other standards, such as standards for date and time representation.
     
  11. Shielder

    Shielder Live long & prosper!

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    Hmmm, I'd have to disagree with most of what you wrote there. How can a document format that has 6000(!) pages of documentation in support of it be easy to work with? How can a document format that isn't even fully documented by it's own maker be easy to work with?

    You are correct that MS were part of the OASIS committee, but they didn't even participate in designing a standard that anyone could use, they just desiced to design a competing format that only they could use. How "standard" is that?

    The only similarity between ODF and OOXML is that they both use XML coding in their structure. The major difference is that ODF has full and complete documetnation, is implimented by at least 10+ office packages and was ratified on it's own merits by the ISO committee. No ballot stuffing there. Oh, and the support for people with disabilities is there as well. I think, although I could be wrong, most of the support that exists in the MS format comes from third party vendors...

    Now, what were you saying about OOXML again?
     
  12. qupada

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    Probably only a small amount to do with the fact that under the fancy extension it's actually a zip file (with a quite excessively complicated directory structure to boot).
     
  13. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    But the comparisson of ODF to Microsoft Formats is massive anyway. Especially the spreadsheets, ODF was 11KB on one file, XLS was 111KB
     
  14. Hamish

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    6000 pages and they still didnt even manage to document it properly!
    the main example thrown about is the one about word95-alike margins, where the spec is required to match word95 margin behaviour exactly but doesnt actually say what that behaviour is
    requiring you to reverse-engineer word95 to properly support ooxml, unless you're microsoft of course...

    im not one for out of hand microsoft bashing but ooxml is total bs :p
     
  15. Shielder

    Shielder Live long & prosper!

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    From what I understand, it isn't documented properly because MS themselves don't know how it works. I have seen a quote on the internet concerning this, but I can't remember where.
     
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    i've seen docs with 400kb being turned into OTF's with 60kb, I haven't tried converting it into an Office2007 file tho. I don't intend to either.
     
  17. shaq

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    Something seems inherently wrong in ISO approving a format that is proprietary. Unless Microsoft licenses this format under something like the GPL, I think we are better off with ODF.

    Of course, hell will freeze over before MS has anything to with the GPL...
     
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