Microsoft: Boiling Frogs Since 1975
Posted Apr 17, 2012 5:13 UTC (Tue) by khim
In reply to: Microsoft: Boiling Frogs Since 1975
Parent article: Paoli: Microsoft will engage with the open source and standards communities
but it's easy to define a format with 100% backwards compatibility on paper.
Sure. That's why I'm talking about real world documents (mostly financial), not about some abstract paper.
and it would be about as much use as the OOXML format in terms of actually allowing anyone to implement it
It'll be much harder to implement it even partially, but yes, you'll achieve compatibility goal. ODF have not done it and thus it's not compatible. It's as simple as that.
your repeated claims that OOXML has achieved success only work if you completely ignore all technical measures of success
Bullshit. I've given you a criteria: take a bunch of old documents from some collection (private and/or government one), convert them to ODF and OOXML, convert them back, watch the result. This is technical criteria (it was guiding policy for Unicode standard BTW, only there they converted plain text documents in different encodings back and forth). OOXML works (as implemented by MS Office), ODF fails (as implemented by LibreOffice). Most of the failures are caused exactly by refusal of ODF to support legacy warts which you so despise.
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