Keeping it Small and Simple

2007.12.14

On the OOXML debate

Filed under: Open Source — Tags: , , — Lorenzo E. Danielsson @ 01:18

A few years ago, there was a lot of excitement about the fact that you could import and export Microsoft office documents in OpenOffice. It was considered a relly important feature because it meant that you could use an open source office package and still be able to exchange documents with people who still used MS Office. It also meant that people who wanted to migrate from MS Office to OpenOffice could do so without much hassle.

So why is it that now people are complaining about the fact that some open source office applications have announced that they plan to support OOXML? I think it would be cool if everybody were to use ODF instead, but the fact is that is not going to happen any time soon. Both ODF and OOXML are going to exist side by side. Wouldn’t it be to the advantage of open source tools that they support both?

Not that all this matters much to me. I use Latex.

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