Congratulations to all who worked to secure this result in the goal of high quality, non-vendor dictated open standards. The story is not over, of course, as the Ballot Resolution Meeting in February will attempt to get agreement on fixes to OOXML to make it acceptable. A lot will happen between now and then. Nevertheless, this was a truly historic vote and result.
But that was so yesterday.
What about tomorrow? Well, for starters, I predict we’ll see even more adoption of ODF by governments, large and small; by users, young and old; and organizations, both commercial and non-profit. We’ll see more active development and evolution of ODF within OASIS and all are welcome to participate in that. We especially invite Microsoft and others to lend their expertise to this important standardization effort.
Along the way we’ll see and hear the various stakeholders make impassioned arguments for what they want in the next versions of ODF. This creative and intellectual fervor will lead to an ever better standard as some ideas become codified and others get put aside. This is good and this is normal in an open and transparent standards setting.
There have been many lessons learned in the last few months. Let’s use that knowledge to improve how we make standards. Let’s innovate. Let’s write some great new code. Let’s give our users a superb choice of applications that can all share the same information, no matter who writes the software.
ODF was already doing well and now has renewed momentum. Go with it.