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Subject: Re: [office] Essay explaining why OpenDocument really is open - commentsappreciated.


This is a work of art! Bravo!

One suggestion, keep and publicize this as widely as possible, but, the 
same information should be repackaged to be "How Open Standards Are 
Developed" or something along those lines.

In other words, let's repurpose your excellent writing to make it a 
template for how to develop an Open Standard.

The current version gets the word out but in a defensive manner. The 
proposed version would frame the debate on what it means to develop an 
Open Standard.

Framing the debate is the really important issue. See, Don't think of an 
elephant! : know your values and frame the debate : the essential guide 
for progressives  by George Lakoff.

Another quick point, everyone in the committee should contact the 
technical/business reporters for local (or national news) outlets and 
let them know you are an expert on Open Standards. Suggest we all use 
David's article as talking points. So that we are all using the same 
terms, etc.

Hearing something once may or may not leave an impression. Hearing it 
from several news sources must mean that it is true. ;-) Well, in our 
case it is true but having spent many years making the lesser appear to 
be the greater cause I also know it is also important to win the debate. 
Being right isn't enough.

Good show David!

Hope you are having a great day!


David A. Wheeler wrote:

> At today's TC, Gary Edwards noted that there have been
> some claims that the OpenDocument TC is essentially completely
> controlled by a single vendor.  I've looked at the evidence, and
> had the opportunity to see the TC's working first-hand, and I
> think this charge is bunk.  But others might take it seriously.
> Thus, I've created a short essay explaining why I believe
> the OpenDocument TC is NOT controlled by any one vendor:
> http://www.dwheeler.com/essays/opendocument-open.html
> If you get a chance, please let me know of mistakes or issues.
> I intend to submit this somewhere like Groklaw very soon.
> --- David A. Wheeler
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Patrick Durusau
Chair, V1 - Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface
Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model
Member, Text Encoding Initiative Board of Directors, 2003-2005

Topic Maps: Human, not artificial, intelligence at work! 

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