Patrick Durusau, the co-editor of ISO ODF and OASIS ODF, and the head of delegation for the US standards at SC34, and a forceful ODF advocate, has just taken the unusual step of issuing an open letter concerning DIS29500 (OOXML) preparatory to the BRM. Dr Durusau simply does not blog or participate in mass communication if he can help it, he is dedicated to making ODF and the Topic Map standards as good as they can be.
The open letter’s title is “Open XML: a Poster Child for Open Standards Development?”
I urge all NB committee members and BRM delegates to read it (and of my gentle readers): it is a call to reassess what progress has been made and for respectful dialog.
[Update: Speaking of Patrick, here is a press release from Sun concerning their sponsorship to edit ODF 1.2, which is going to be the next version of ISO ODF and has many improvements. Sun should be congratulated on their choice and support of ODF through OASIS and ISO.]
[Update: I see Patrick has also now released a follow-up letter, which again I entirely concur with, Co-Evolving OpenXML And OpenDocument Format. He writes
I have been asked why as the Project Editor of ISO/IEC 26300 and OpenDocument TC Editor, why am
I advocating such cooperation? The answer is fairly simple. The difficulties we face today are the
result of not talking to each other in the past and we can’t change the past.