Tuesday Nov 27, 2007

Obama steps into the open file format debate

During a talk at Google, Barack Obama mentioned that he would like to promote "universally accessible formats" for government information. News analysts are wondering why Obama would want to enter this debate. Government de facto support for proprietary standards owned by Microsoft impacts nearly everyone by forcing us to buy Microsoft's products. But this is understood only by a small technical minority and so normally wouldn't get any play in an electoral culture centered around "sound bites" and visceral reactions to pseudo issues which impact virtually no one but which make for emotive campaign advertisements. The fact that Obama mentioned file formats is probably an accident, but it would be nice to pretend that he is trying to drag electoral debates up to a higher level.

Monday Sep 03, 2007

Irish standards authority disapproves (with comments) OOXML ISO fast track

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has voted Disapproval-with Technical Comments in response to Microsoft's OOXML submission to ISO/IEC JTC 1 as a candidate ISO/IEC standard. While Ireland's conditional disapproval might not carry the clout of China's and India's no votes, it is reassuring that such a small country with a big Microsoft presence has the courage to say no.

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Saturday Aug 18, 2007

Google trends, ODF vs OOXML

I was wondering whether Microsoft's OOXML was as popular as the Open Document Format (ODF) in the U.S. I expected that since Microsoft's market stranglehold is more complete in the U.S., OOXML should be more popular in there but less popular in Europe and the rest of the world. But according to Google trends there are very few people searching Google for OOXML anywhere. Counts of files on the web also show that beyond a few odd websites such as Microsoft.com, very few people are publishing documents in Microsoft's OOXML format but hundreds of thousands of documents are being published in the open ODF document standard.

I wonder why Microsoft is going to all of the trouble of creating yet another open document standard when a very popular one already exists which can be made compatible with Microsoft Office by simply installing an ODF plug-in?

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