Well, ODF was designed for people who use spreadsheets, word processors, and presentations. Open XML was designed for people who use Microsoft spreadsheets, word processors and presentations.
which should more correctly read,
Well, ODF was designed for people who use spreadsheets, word
processors, and presentations. Open XML was designed for people who use Microsoft spreadsheets, word processors and presentations.
(which, for those of you just joining, is admittedly an inferior product (”… every single would-be Office competitor I have seen–from OOo to Writely–seems to be chasing MS’s taillights. Nowhere do I see people rethinking what productivity should be in the 21st century.”) by those whose opinions I have come to both respect AND trust (who just so happen to be a part of ODF’s development as well as particular features for Open Office)) who is making every effort to be part of solution, instead of attempting to create problems where problems don’t exist.
The single reason one adopts an inferior product is to get a lifecycle advantage of data ownership. It is no guarantee that the product will evolve so it is still a bet that incentivizes fixing the competition to the advantage of the inferior product. In this case, governments have stepped in to fix the game by *asking* Microsoft to support ODF and you are following up with a “let’s keep on kicking MS in the teeth even if they do what we ask” because that is to the advantage of the current vendors of ODF support. Otherwise you’d say “what a smart decision!” and let it go at that.
So regarding the titled question, in reading all the negative trash talk being thrown around by many of the active ODF supporters/developers, I find myself wondering,
So, Microsoft has announced they are financially and technically supporting the development of an open source plug-in for ODF, releasing an 0.1 version on SourceForge as part of this announcement. Will the folks behind OpenOffice answer back by offering a similar plug-in for OpenOffice?
If not, why not?
If the answer is,
“Why should we have to support their ’standard’?”
Or speaking less hypothetically, using a direct quote instead,
but to refuse to bless a format seems to me to ignore the lesson of the Web
My response would be,
Balls in your court, Oo.o.
[UPDATE: If this is truly about stimulating competition, and as such, bringing better, more open products to the consumers…
Then open up and compete.]