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OpenDocument Format Community Steadfast Despite Theatrics of Now Impotent 'Foundation'

Nov 30, 2007, 20:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)

"Based on dozens of interviews that I've conducted over the last few weeks, the OpenDocument Foundation, whose three principals are Sam Hiser, Gary Edwards, and a legal eagle who goes by the nickname 'Marbux,' went out on a very thin limb where no one else--not the vendors behind ODF, not OASIS (the consortium that hosts the technical committee responsible for the standard's development), and not the World Wide Web Consortium (chaperone to the Common Document Format [CDF] standard)--was willing to join them.

"Not only does it appear as though they were on a thin limb with their opinions that ODF should be buried and that CDF should take its place, they crawled out even further when they publicly disclosed that the W3C and IBM shared those opinions as well..."

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