By molini on May 22, 2008
If you've any interest in standards and open source, one of the most
thought provoking topics in a long time (in my opinion) has been how to save your files in a way that you can access them in the years ahead.
On Wednesday, Microsoft issued a press release that states they will support ODF.
Since Sun has long supported Open Standards and Open Source and our commitment to them remains strong and unwavering. This news pinged my interest so I approached Jim Parkinson, vice president, Developer, Tools and Services at Sun, to ask him about these developments.
In summary, he stated, "Sun welcomes Microsoft's decision to embrace OpenDocument Format (ODF v1.1). We look forward to working with Microsoft on the OASIS ODF Technical Committee to complete the improved ODF v1.2 specification and to submit it as an update to ISO/IEC. This is valuable progress towards the interoperability and openness that customers are demanding worldwide."
You might also enjoy an insightful perspective on Microsoft's decision in Simon Phipp's blog entry and and invitation from Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect at Sun, who is officially inviting Microsoft and others to join in the OASIS OpenDocument Format Accessibility subcommittee efforts.