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____/ High Plains Thumper on Saturday 01 Oct 2011 18:19 : \____
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> High Plains Thumper on Saturday:
>>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>> Winds of Change...
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>>>>> Last week, my university approved the use of open source
>>>>> software officially and adopted Open Document Format (ODF) as
>>>>> its standard. The TV news even covered the decision!
>>> Glad to hear that, Roy. I am glad that an open standard is
>>> succeeding, then every software developer has a reason to support
>> Every software developer except Apple and Microsoft. Apple makes
>> half-hearted 'support' and promotes OOXML. Microsoft does too and it
>> even bastardises ODF.
> I haven't been following Apple too closely, but I am not impressed with
> their lawsuit against Samsung (how can one patent a rectangle?).
They try to label it trade dress. It's all just utter BS. They picked
a troll-friendly court, implying that Apple is just looking
> Regarding Microsoft, yes, I remember how they came up with a borked
> plug-in that simply does not do proper conversion. Basically it is
> either Microsoft's way or the highway.
> Microsoft Breaks the Plugins [...]
> Sun is having trouble because Microsoft is breaking interoperability
> deliberately through hi-jinks with the Dynamic-Link Libraries ("dll") in
> From Sun's Malte Timmermann's blog...
> Q: Why doesn't it support Office 2007?
> A: Well, basically, it does, but there is an issue in Word's 2007
> Filter API handling. You can save to ODF, but when you try to open ODF,
> Word ignores the installed filters and tries to open with it's own
> filters. Of course Word can't, so you get an error message "The Office
> Open XML file <name> cannot be opened because there are problems with
> the content". This even happens if you explicitly select the ODF filter!
> I hope Microsoft will fix this issue with the next service pack. If not,
> we will work around this bug by doing the same kind of integration like
> in PowerPoint and Excel.
> This is enough to warrant government, organisations, companies and users
> to consider other products than Microsoft. I am glad to see that the
> trend is finally being broken (but of course not without a fight).
That still is no justice. Given all the corruption associated with
OOXML, it's amazing there have been arrests. Microsoft
gets away with quite a lot. Bribes, bullying, AstroTurfing, etc.
~~ Best of wishes
Dr. Roy S. Schestowitz (Ph.D. Medical Biophysics), Imaging Researcher
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