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LXer: Microsoft Needs to Get The Facts Straight on OpenDocument

Dec 20, 2005, 16:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Parris)

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"Microsoft's FAQ on their new XML format represents a blatant misrepresentation of the facts regarding the development of the Opendocument. No matter how you look at it, they got it wrong--most of it, anyway. Their claim that the OASIS committee did not focus on Microsoft's customers actually points to their refusal to join the OpenDocument effort from the beginning. Not only have they misrepresented the facts surrounding OpenDocument, they now pretend that the OASIS committee had no interest in Microsoft's customers.

"According to Andy Updegrove, an attorney who blogs on the OpenDocument battle, 'the gratuitous and false statements about Sun, ODF and OASIS add a jarring note that represents at best a PR gaffe, and at worst an indication of the degree to which Ecma may allow Microsoft to write the script for the standards process to be conducted in its name...'"

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