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Subject: Re: [office] Possible teleconference with Burton


They have funded an open source project to do this.

"Microsoft officials separately announced that they will start a project on
open source development site SourceForge.net next month to produce tools to
convert files in Office's binary formats--.doc, .xls, .ppt, etc.  directly
into OOXML."

Credit where credit due.


On 1/21/08 10:25 AM, "Patrick Durusau" <patrick@durusau.net> wrote:

> Carol,
> I created a login so I could download and read the origin report.
> I find it deeply amusing that the author of the report did not seem to
> notice that OOXML does not define a mapping from legacy files to its XML
> format. Hmmm, I guess that means that "...everyone [will do] what right
> in his own eyes. Judges 21:25 In other words, there will be no one DOCX
> representation of Word 97 files but as many as people who decide to
> write mappings from Word 97 to DOCX. Some of them will be pretty close
> to each other but without a "standard" I rather doubt they are all going
> to be the same.
> Hope you are having a great day!
> Patrick
> Carol Geyer wrote:
>> OASIS has been in contact with Burton Group concerning their report, "What's
>> Up
>> Doc?"--as has IBM, ODF Alliance, Sun, and others.
>> As a result, Burton analyst, Guy Creese, has published a blog post entitled,
>> "Some Counterpoint to Our ODF/OOXML Report."
>> (http://ccsblog.burtongroup.com/collaboration_and_content/2008/01/counterpoin
>> t-
>> to.html). Creese notes that Burton plans to update the report in the next
>> quarter "...with an eye to (1) accepting or rebutting arguments made by
>> others,
>> (2) taking into account the result of the ISO vote, and (3) clarifying points
>> that people misunderstood or misinterpreted."
>> Since that update would be several months away, Burton has also agreed to
>> participate in a public teleconference with OASIS to discuss errors,
>> allegations, and bias in their report.
>> I am working now to schedule this teleconference, which will likely take
>> place
>> the week of 4 Feb. I'll send more details soon.
>> Regards,
>> Carol
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