that the state of Massachusetts has added Ecma-376 Office OpenXML to the
list of potentially acceptable "open formats". "OpenXML doesn't
belong on any list of usable standards until it is one, a real one, where
the playing field is even. Instead, I gather from Weir's description that
it's like traveling to a new town and asking for a map, but the directions
are written in such a way that only longtime dwellers can read and follow
them. You as a newcomer have no way to understand them and hence find your
way around. If the directions say, "Go right when you get to the road where
Nellie used to live until she married that musician and moved to Memphis,"
you don't know Nelly or where she lived before.
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