Re: OOXML: So what *should* happen now?
Len Bullard wrote: > The ISO process should continue as ISO directs. What *should* be happening > now is the preparation of the response to the comments if I understand the > process correctly. Otherwise, what is the point of having ISO processes? > ISO process involves making decisions, perhaps based on notions of what should happen. Otherwise, what is the point of having ISO processes? > Is that what you think is the right outcome, Jonathan? > I'm not an ISO standards guy, it would be easier for me to say what should happen in a W3C process. I think many of the technical objections that have been raised are real and should be addressed by changes in the documents. Does ISO fast track process leave room for fully specifying the formats, and for using existing standards for date formats, graphics, mathematical equations, etc? I really don't think we should incorporate new ways to represent complex things like these that are already covered by standards just because one vendor does not use those standards in their file formats. Beyond that, I'm concerned about the relationship between ODF and OOXML. Ideally, I'd like to see a standard office format created by the people who created these two technologies. I don't know whether there is enough desire for such a convergence. If not, I'd rather have one standard than two for office formats, and I haven't seen a technical explanation that tells me why these aren't two standards for the same thing. Microsoft says that OOXML is a standard for "enterprise office documents" rather than just "office documents". The example they give is generally spreadsheet formulas, which could easily be added to ODF, and I believe an effort is underway to do just that. Jonathan
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