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Implementations vs. Implementations (And Why the Difference Matters)

Sep 24, 2007, 22:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"'Military tacticians often bewail the havoc that the "fog of war' (i.e., the inability to communicate effectively amid the chaos of the battlefield) wreaks on their carefully laid plans. I sometimes feel the same way about the challenge of maintaining a productive dialogue in highly competitive standards situations. When the commercial stakes begin to rise, there too often seems to be a greater desire to exchange verbal salvos than to actually communicate. And it also becomes more tempting to be content with generalizations than to try to get to the bottom of things to figure out what's really going on.

"About 10 days ago I tried to do a bit of fog cutting by posing a few questions at Jason Matusow's blog at the end of a post he had titled Independent Implementations of Open XML. Jason does a conscientious job of trying to answer all of the questions that people leave at his blog, including those that are not exactly what you'd call polite. In this case, Jason had listed six implementations of OOXML, supplying the usual links to the sites of the vendors in question..."

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