There is a current ODF. A standard greatly dominated by Sun to bash
Uhmm... the open document format is neither dominated by Sun (check the
OpenDocument TC's membership) nor is it to bash Microsoft.
In my mind this forces us to start working with big industry
players (including other OASIS members) to achieve a truly open document
In which way does OpenDocument fail to be truly open? It is a public
standard without any restriction on use. It is maintained by an
independent standards body. It was designed by several different
players, some who are competitors (e.g. Sun, Corel, KDE) and some who
are customers (e.g. Boeing, National Archives of Australia, Biblical
Society). I can't imagine any way that OpenDocument could be more open.
To be exact: in my mind any format not supported by the big
players does not need an adoption TC because it will never be widely
IBM and Sun are big players. Several large customers and governments are
My government or my
tax administration is currently not supporting or using the present ODF
nor does it have the intention to do so in the near future.
Perhaps we can discuss the benefits of an open data format for a government.
Ps if this TC feels that ODF adoption has to mean: only promoting this
ODF than -of course- I will not hinder the process of this TC and leave.
ODF is the short hand for the OASIS OpenDocument Format for Office
Applications. I hope you'll be interested in discussing the pros and
cons of this format both here and at your local government.