OOXML Spat Continues
A few weeks back, I wrote about a Burton Group study that took
a rather positive view
of Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) file format
specification, while also casting doubt on the open source OpenDocument Format
(ODF). I also published a Q&A
with Sun Microsystems Chief Open Source Officer Simon Phipps, offering a bit
of a rebuttal to the Burton Group report.
Now, it seems that the Burton Group and the OpenDocument Format Alliance, the
leading promoter of the ODF spec, are in a back-and-forth over the conclusions
and assertions of the original report. You can find the blow-by-blow, broken
into three lengthy blog postings, here,
While some of this gets a bit chippy, this is exactly the kind of deep dive
that helps developers and IT professionals make sense of the posturing and positioning
of the two camps.
Have you drawn any XML file format conclusions? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Michael Desmond on 02/12/2008 at 1:15 PM