Tuesday, June 09, 2009
ODF Lies and Whispers
There is an interesting disinformation campaign being waged against ODF. You won’t see this FUD splattered across the front pages of blogs or press releases. It is the kind of stuff that is spread by email and whispers, and you or I rarely will see it. But occasionally some of this does cross my desk, and I’d like to share with you some recent examples.
(They then link to Alex Brown’s comment from Wikipedia). I think this demonstrates the triangle-trade relationship among Microsoft, Alex Brown (and others) and Wikipedia, by which Microsoft FUD is laundered via intermediaries to Wikipedia for publication. No wonder one of Microsoft’s first actions during their OOXML push was to seize control of the Wikipedia articles on ODF and OOXML via paid consultants. In any case, Alex’s claims were rebutted long ago.
Another current example is part of Microsoft’s attempt to duck and cover from criticism over their interoperability-busting ODF support in Office 2007 SP2. I’ve heard variations on the following from three different people in three different countries, including from government officials. So it is getting around. It goes something like this:
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The Battle for ODF Interoperability
Failed standards don’t need to work on interoperability because failed standards are not implemented. Look around you. Where are the OOXML test suites? Where are the OOXML plugfests? Indeed, where are the OOXML implementations and adoptions? Microsoft Office has not implemented ISO/IEC 29500 “Office Open XML”, and neither has anyone else. In one of the great ironies, Microsoft’s escapades in ISO have left them clutching a handful of dust, while they scramble now to implement ODF correctly
A follow-up on Excel 2007 SP2’s ODF support
So, going back to my test spreadsheets from all of the various ODF applications, how do these applications encode formulas with cell addresses:
Symphony 1.3: =[.E12]+[.C13]-[.D13]
Microsoft/CleverAge 3.0: =[.E12]+[.C13]-[.D13]
KSpread 1.6.3: =[.E12]+[.C13]-[.D13]
Google Spreadsheets: =[.E12]+[.C13]-[.D13]
OpenOffice 3.01: =[.E12]+[.C13]-[.D13]
Sun Plugin 3.0: [.E12]+[.C13]-[.D13]
Excel 2007 SP2: =E12+C13-D13
Microsoft now attempt to fragment ODF
As they did in the past with Java and HTML (just to cite two cases), Microsoft has now invested at least 12 months of work to try to fragment the ODF in the IT market: A shame.I swear I was ready to publish this week a post praising Microsoft for finally released SP2 of Office 2007 with native support for ODF, but unfortunately after the initial tests of various users, what we see is an absurd attempt to mislead consumers (who payed for the software) and fragment ODF in the IT industry.
ODF with no excuse
Reports start to appear in the press about the ODF support quality enabled by the Service Pack 2 inside Microsoft Office 2007. I could say that I’m not surprised, but I somewhat had also expected the contrary. Unfortunately it seems we have here a poor implementation of ODF. If further reports confirm it (and I have no serious doubt they will),
we will have the case of a monopolistic vendor messing up its own implementation of an open standard and have no viable excuse for doing so.
IBM, Microsoft quibble over Office 2007’s ODF support
Excel 2007 and other parts of Office 2007 began supporting the ODF standard last week with the release of Office 2007 Service Pack 2. But according to an analysis posted on the personal blog of Rob Weir, chief ODF architect for IBM, Excel 2007 “silently strips out formulas” when reading spreadsheets created by other ODF-compliant programs, such as OpenOffice.org and IBM’s Lotus Symphony.
Press Release: ISO captured by vendor Microsoft
zoobabzoobab 2 Apr 2008, 13:30 WESTrussels, 2 April 2008 —
ISO members failed to disapprove the Open XML format. Microsoft has compromised the International Standards Organisation (ISO) during the rush to get a stamp for their Office OpenXML (OOXML), using unfair practices such as committee stuffing in several countries and political interventions of ministers in the standardization process.
Presence of Microsoft Business Partners has been reported in the following countries: Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States of America. Furthermore, it has been reported in several countries, such as France and Malaysia, that Microsoft has lobbied the government and the responsible ministers to override the decisions of the technical committees, which spoke out against an approval of the format.Em Portugal empresas como a SUN e a IBM foram impedidas de votar por falta de lugares disponíveis
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How to Get Your Platform Accepted as a Standard – Microsoft Style
Our mission is to establish Microsoft’s platforms as the de facto standards throughout the computer industry….Working behind the scenes to orchestrate “independent” praise of our technology, and damnation of the enemy’s, is a key evangelism function during the Slog. “Independent” analyst’s report should be issued, praising your technology and damning the competitors (or ignoring them). “Independent” consultants should write columns and articles, give conference presentations and moderate stacked panels, all on our behalf (and setting them up as experts in the new technology, available for just $200/hour). “Independent” academic sources should be cultivated and quoted (and research money granted). “Independent” courseware providers should start profiting from their early involvement in our technology. Every possible source of leverage should be sought and turned to our advantage.