"The GNOME Foundation has issued a statement in response to
recent accusations that it has been supporting the acceptance of
Microsoft's Office Open XML format (OOXML) as an ECMA standard at
the expense of the Open Document Format (ODF), the open standard
used by OpenOffice.org, KOffice and other free software office
applications. However, whether the statement's attempt at logical
rebuttal will do anything to reduce the emotions or altruism behind
the criticisms is anybody's guess.
"The core issue is simple enough. It arose because Jody
Goldberg, the lead maintainer for the Gnumeric spreadsheet, asked
the Foundation to support his continued work on TC45-M, the EMCA
technical committee that was working to improve the proposal for
the ECMA 376 standard for OOXML--work that is also widely seen as
increasing OOXML's chances of becoming an ISO/IEC standard, which
it failed to do in September. Goldberg had previously been
representing Novell on the committee, and, after he left the
company, the GNOME Foundation had agreed to make him its
representative on the committee..."
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