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Subject: Re: [opendocument-users] simple OO.org document goes awry in MS Office 2007 w/SP2 - what went wrong?
> The point is users want interoperability now. Fixes to code can occur > much faster than fixes to a standard. So if we find a problem, fix it in > the code now. Of course, if the problem stemmed from an ambiguity in the > standard, then fix it there as well, but know that ODF releases will be > years apart, whereas applications often issue patches every quarter. ... > Support: Yes, the two years is just the time to author, review, approve > and publish the standard. We would need extra time on top of that to > change our code. > Customer: And when would that be? > Support: Because the next version of the ODF standard contains so many > other new features, unrelated to your bug, this will be a large update for > us, not just a patch. So maybe another 2 to 3 years. Or you could have a standards process that attempted to prioritize bug fixes over new features. Oh, but that is the route the ODF TC decided not to take. It is a bit much to decide to deprioritize bug fixes in a standard, then complain that standards are slow, don't you think? The challenge for committees and their chairs is how to organize themselves to prevent death marches, I suppose. By the way, Java did not fix the bugs in its HTML handling even though they were on the books for 10 years. It is a myth that a corporation will necessarily prioritize a user's particular bug fixes. It is even true of some open source projects: I think it takes at least 6 months for fixes to penetrate Apache Xerces, for example, IIRC. Cheers Rick Jelliffe