"The ODF-to-OOXML harmonization effort being hosted by the
German standards group, DIN, is Europe's best effort to resolve our
Mexican Standoff between Microsoft, Sun and IBM. Even though
harmonization is laughably complex and will not work unless the
applications are harmonized too, the best and brightest of Germany
are left to hope for success.
"Hope for a harmonization of formats does reflect one truth:
that the whole point of this ugly exercise is to have one single
FORMAT. Anything else ridiculously undermines common sense..."