So I understand that the latest pro-OOXML/anti-tactic is to sweetly request peaceful co-existence of document standards.
This is after the crafters studiously refused to participate in the open, community-developed OpenDocument Format/ISO standard for several years; saw governments around the world start to adopt ODF; provided indirect, arms-length partial, slow, and awkward ODF support; substituted their own massive 8 times bigger XML rendering of what is supported by their proprietary products alone; rammed it through ECMA at a record pace; and received severe negative comments from national standards bodies around the world when they tried to fast track it through ISO.
I would rather suggest that all this new found love and desire for harmony be directed into the evolving ODF standardization work in OASIS, as so many of us are doing today. As I’ve said before, ODF is the future and that’s where we should be focusing our efforts.
OOXML is a delay and dilution of the intellectual and market effort to reach a common open document standard that is ODF and its future community-driven incarnations.
That day will come. The only thing we are all doing in the process now is speeding up or slowing down the eventual broad adoption of ODF. I’m for speeding up.