I've said before (probably ad nauseum
) that OpenDocument Format (ODF) must be really important for a lot of reasons for it to get all this attention. Here are three examples, just from today.
- Sam Hiser makes the connection between the latest Windows Metadata Format vulnerability and the Microsoft Office Formats submitted to ECMA. Aside from the serious security issues, does anyone really think they will have to implement WMF on a non-Windows platform just to "conform"? Minimally, conformance to the ECMA spec will need to mean "and you don't have to implement anything that is Microsoft Windows specific in order to guarantee interoperability." Otherwise, since the Microsoft Office Formats use WMF which requires GDI (the Windows Graphics Device Interface), does this clause in the Microsoft Covenant Not to Sue
Microsoft irrevocably covenants that it will not seek to enforce any of its patent claims necessary to conform to the technical specifications for the Microsoft Office 2003 XML Reference Schemas posted at http://msdn.microsoft.com/office/understanding/xmloffice/default.aspx (the "Specifications") against those conforming parts of software products.mean that you can implement GDI in order to implement the office formats and not worry about patent infringement? Hmmm, I don't know, but it's an interesting question. It's this sort of thing that makes people feel so strongly about document formats being operating system independent.
- There's personnel news out of Massachusetts about a new interim CIO and more confirmation that they are staying the course on ODF. See CNet's Martin Lamonica's article "Mass. replaces CIO in OpenDocument fray" and eWeek's Lisa Vaas' "Temporary CIO Steps into Mass. OpenDoc War ".
- Andy Updegrove does a good job rounding up recent activity including Groklaw's response to a columnist. He also points to Martin Lamonica's article confirming that Massachusetts is on track with ODF. This is one of the things I asked for several days ago ("Massachusetts is staying with Open Document Format (show me the new headlines ...)") and I'm glad this is being picked up.