[Linux-aus] Australian Government Desktop Standard mandates OOXML??
jdub at bethesignal.org
Thu Jan 20 17:21:07 EST 2011
On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 12:06, Terry Dawson <tjd at animats.net> wrote:
> ITWire reports that the Australian Department of Finance are intending to
> mandate OOXML as the document standard for whole of government.
Thankfully that's itnews, not the objectionable itwire. :-)
They've required that compliant operating environments include an
application which can read and write ECMA-376, but not exclusively. Due to
the prevalence of such documents throughout government, it makes sense as a
common *internal* interchange format. At least until the market (or policy)
problem with standardised formats is fixed.
A few thoughts:
- This is a Common Operating Environment COE/SOE specification. Don't
expect innovation or visions for the future here. Expect the terrible
drudgery of standardisation, squeezing the common blood out of a many-headed
stone, etc. I may have mixed a metaphor there. :-)
- I suspect that use of the term "ECMA-376" is almost entirely an
arse-covering exercise, when what they really mean is "DOCX and friends
(including DOC and friends!) created with Office 2007".
- ECMA-376 should only be referred to as OOXML by the most charitable of
commentators and/or partisan hacks. It's the fish that John West (ISO)
rejected, and for good reason. ECMA accepted what is essentially an XML
serialisation of the binary Office formats.
- But that's a silver lining: You're more likely to have a compliant
implementation of ECMA-376 (or thereabouts) than ISO-29500, whichever vendor
you go with.
- Pretty embarrassing putting a globally rejected, piece of shit,
bought-and-paid-for "standard" on your COE document! Would have been more
honest to just say "Office 2007 compatible binary and XML formats". :-)
Bottom line: I'm betting someone thought a standards number sounded better
than mentioning a certain vendor by name. Oops.
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