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Subject: Re: [oiic-formation-discuss] Reason and example arguing for the use of an ODF (or XML) canonical form

 jose lorenzo <hozelda@yahoo.com> wrote:
> I hadn't realized that an assumption deemed necessary in order for this 
> venture to have success would be that all market players (including the
> monopolist) cooperate fully.

Just to be clear, I wasn't advocating that assumption.

What I do say is actually two things:

1. interop will only be improved by vendors participating in the new TC in good faith
2. the new TC cannot do much to improve interop in the products of vendors who do not have such good faith.

For the most part, I believe anyone who participates in the new TC will do so out of good faith. Anyone not interested in ODF interop is just simply not going to participate. 

And the corollary of that is that I believe it's just a waste of time concentrating on features which "force" interoperability. It's not going to work, and the time would be better spent on creating tools and documents for those really interested in interop. This new TC cannot force people to interoperate: only market forces will do that.



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