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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, here and 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 mdesmond@reddevnews.com.

Posted by Michael Desmond on 02/12/2008 at 1:15 PM


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