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July 18, 2007

Say NO to OO-XML

Filed under: Uncategorized — ubuntudemon @ 12:16 pm

Microsoft is trying to push their inferior OO-XML office file format specification as a standard. The existing ODF office file format standard is superior and is already implemented by all major office suites (except by MS Office). The OO-XML specification has big problems and is designed to be hard to implement. For example to be able to implement “autoSpaceLikeWord95” or “useWord97LineBreakRules” you would have to reverse-engineer these proprietary applications.

Sign the petition and say NO to OO-XML.

If you are dutch read : 1 and2

update :

More reasons why you should sign the petition against OO-XML :



  1. We don’t want to go backwards into the future, do we?

    Comment by Hans Alnes — July 18, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

  2. Then why does ODF has more drawbacks than OO-XML?


    Comment by Bart — July 18, 2007 @ 2:52 pm

  3. These make for interesting reading:



    According to the first link, DIN in germany are producing a similar public wiki. I can’t see any way OOXML can be approved by the UK without these issues being fixed.

    Comment by dave — July 18, 2007 @ 7:51 pm

  4. regarding http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_OpenDocument_and_Office_Open_XML_formats#Shortcomings_of_OpenDocument

    ODF is an existing proven standard. ODF might miss some stuff. ODF 1.2 will probably fix those shortcomings.

    It’s better to improve an existing standard than adopt a new standard which has lots of problems and is probably very hard to implement.

    Comment by ubuntudemon — July 18, 2007 @ 9:17 pm

  5. Hi,
    Also I am very worried about this ‘progress’. How can we, in the Netherlands, counter this? Do you have any news on what the Dutch agencies are doing? Who in the government can we write to? Should we write to Ronald Plasterk (minister of education and science)? I bet he is someone who listens to this kind of stuff (look at how he responded to the ‘Kanon’).

    Comment by Roderik — July 18, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

  6. to Roderik :

    You can take some measures as described in :
    1 : http://www.noooxml.org/petition-nl
    2 : http://www.kletskous.com/2007/07/18/een-plus-een-is-drie-en-de-hemel-is-niet-blauw-maar-groen/

    You can blog about it, talk about it to your friends and send e-mails. At some point in time some politician should bring up a bill to try to get the dutch government to prefer ODF. Maybe sending e-mails to politicians will work.

    about the “canon” in dutch :

    Ik heb dit Canon eens bekeken en ik vind het eigenlijk niet echt geweldig. Het is een mooi initiatief. Maar er wordt veel weggelaten (boekdrukkunst, industriele revolutie, etc) en de verdiepende stukjes mogen ook wel wat langer,meer verdiepend, meer genuanceerd en minder nationalistisch. Ik ben het redelijk eens met dit commentaar : http://pierrescolumn.punt.nl/?id=379796&r=1

    Comment by ubuntudemon — July 19, 2007 @ 9:30 am

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