"I hesitate to respond to Andy Updegrove's essay on my point
that OpenXML has improved in moving from a closed to a more open
environment. It was hardly a clarion call for approval of OpenXML
but merely an observation that anti-Microsoft zealots were not
giving credit where credit was due. I object to honesty being the
first casualty in discussions that involve Microsoft, on the
pro/con or government sides.
"I also hesitate to respond because Andy has so deeply
mis-stated the nature of the debate that a response will take me
far afield from the technical aspects of markup, which are a
legitimate subject of discussion on markup standards..."