Microsoft: Boiling Frogs Since 1975
Posted Apr 16, 2012 12:45 UTC (Mon) by khim
In reply to: Microsoft: Boiling Frogs Since 1975
Parent article: Paoli: Microsoft will engage with the open source and standards communities
That would be the very huge one that not even Microsoft Office actually implements, and that could only be passed at ISO by means of a Microsoft sleazefest which made the whole standards process a farce.
The pass at ISO is totally different thing, this is not where software engineers are involved. As far as completeness is concerned OOXML standard is quite good: in many aspects it's better defined then, e.g. ODF.
The fact that it's not implemented by anyone is separate aspect, as I've said before: while technical guys do their work admirably their managers know what they need to do even better. Typical Microsoft-standard is complete enough and detailed enough to make sure it can be used for PR without fraud charges (this is where technical guys are needed and where they do good work), but genuine interoperability is a danger and should be avoided as much as possible.
Actually it's possible that MS Office does implement the ISO standard. ISO added a lot of erratas to the document after retification with justifications which basically say: OOXML standard says A, but MS Office does B thus we need to change OOXML to make compatible with MS Office. This is good technical work, but obviously this is pure PR, interoperability is not even considered.
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