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"MS should build the extensions they need for interop on top of ODF"were actually sincere, or whether they now switch to an equally shrill albeit contradictory:
"They are evily embracing and extending our standard"Given the feature sub-set problem in ODF, can you have the embrace without the extend ? Of course, it is possible that MS (unlike Novell) have no real interest in improving the serious inadequacies around interop. in ODF, in which case their customers will just get upset:
"why does my document look different when I save as ODF, and re-load it in Word"Can you imagine the synthetic outrage that either of these will generate ? Then again, perhaps they will want to improve interop. in the standard, at which point we will inevitably quickly hit the:
"Why, when I select ODF mode, do so many features disappear in the UI"
"This can't go into the standard because there is no implementation in OO.o [or perhaps the more sophisticated 'multiple implementations']"type argument, or will that be waived - in which case we will hit the:
"OO.o can't load & render it's native file format"chestnut - which of course has always been true of KOffice's ODF use and which we keep hearing re-iterated in various forms about Office 12 and OpenXML. Anyway - at the end of whatever "pick your own fight" session we're in for, when all the dazed, confused and exhausted pundits grind to a halt there are perhaps two lessons that will become obvious here:
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In case it's not painfully obvious: the reflections reflected here are my own; mine, all mine ! and don't reflect the views of Collabora, SUSE, Novell, The Document Foundation, Spaghetti Hurlers (International), or anyone else. It's also important to realise that I'm not in on the Swedish Conspiracy. Occasionally people ask for formal photos for conferences or fun.Michael Meeks (firstname.lastname@example.org)