Here are a couple of tidbits regarding OpenDocument:
- Microsoft has had an observer, Rabih Filfili, on the OASIS OpenDocument technical committee for some time. See Stephen O'Grady's blog entry of a comment made by Gary Edwards. This is not uncommon in standards efforts, because it allows you to know exactly what the other folks are up to without actually contributing anything yourself. Since OpenDocument was developed as an open standard, observing its development is entirely proper. It's just a shame that the rest of the world couldn't observe and perhaps comment on Microsoft's development of its XML spec. In any case, it's good that Microsoft took advantage of the opportunity to have full knowledge of how OpenDocument was developed.
- Regarding the hearing to take place in Massachusetts, many of us have known for over a month that this would take place. So this isn't some new radical development, it's just that we now know the schedule. I see this as one branch of a government doing a sanity check on what another branch is up to, and not atypical of what happens in politics all the time, especially when the branches are controlled by different parties.