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osOpinion: Proposal: The Open Data Format InitiativeJan 29, 2002, 17:59 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Barr)
[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]
"The problem is not limited to just Outlook Express. Most programs -- word processors, spreadsheets, databases -- save user data in a proprietary format. They tend to be similarly generous with importing and stingy with exporting. Many offer the option to save in a standard, publicly defined format, but often these do not preserve 100 percent of the formatting or data.
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