[ILUG] email sent to potiticians about Mary Hannafin's decision
not to use open source
jm at jmason.org
Mon May 3 18:17:37 IST 2004
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Colm Buckley writes:
> On 3 May 2004, at 13:20, Timothy Murphy wrote:
> > That would mean, for example, that documents could not be provided in
> > .doc format, but would have to be in XML, in a form which could be
> > edited by anyone.
> I would note that Microsoft Office's "XML" format, although technically
> conforming to the rules for XML documents, still isn't an open file
> format - it makes heavy use of XML's "binary object" class, with big
> blobs of impenetrable data.
> Saying "we support XML" in this context is about as useful as saying
> "we support ASCII".
Also, MS have patented a word processor reading and writing documents
using an XML file format with an XSD schema file, in European patent
1376387 and several other identical patents and applications worldwide:
XML and XSD are open, sure. However I think the use of "open standards"
here is immaterial if, at some point in the future, competing word
processor products may have to pay a license fee to interoperate, or may
be blocked outright from using this *idea* due to incompatibilities with
the software's own licensing scheme (as is the case with the GPL).
Some more details at:
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