Shuttleworth: Emerging consensus in favour of a unified document format standard?
Posted Aug 15, 2007 21:50 UTC (Wed) by horen
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Or the may do something similar to what happened with HTML. They'll claim that they're adopting ODF, but they'll add a ton of undocumented proprietary extensions without going through the normal process for updating the standard. When challenged, they'll claim the extensions are needed to add features from Office that the standard doesn't support, and argue that they had to add them that way because the official change process can't keep up with the pace of development.
What's more, this is exactly what Micro$oft did with their competitors, back in the early days of Windows (late-1980s/early-to-mid-1990s). "Undocumented proprietary extensions" and/or undocumented system-calls, etc., were what prevented many ISVs from successfully selling their MS Windows-based software, and then Micro$oft would buy-'em-out for a song.
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