FFII on proposed OpenXML adoption
[Announcements] Posted Jan 29, 2007 14:53 UTC (Mon) by corbet
The FFII has sent out a release opposing the proposed fast-track adoption
of Microsoft's OpenXML format as an ISO standard. "OpenXML relies
on undisclosed patents, and undisclosed or incomplete licensing terms
that make any independent reimplementation impossible or heavily risky.
It obliges implementors to reverse-engineer the behavior of old closed
Microsoft applications and formats. It uses non-standard formats for
languages and dates, and specifies known bugs, such as treating 1900 as
a leap year."
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