From: M. Fioretti (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Sep 18 2003 - 15:40:27 EDT
On Fri, Sep 19, 2003 00:29:33 at 12:29:33AM +1000, email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
> >> Currently Microsoft make it only evolves to
> >> follow MS-Word.
> > And the OO format doesn't have the same issues - evolving for
> > OO's needs and purpose.
Wrong. Not anymore, this is the whole point.
RTF is an open trap/illusion from only one private company, and exists
to support MS word features. The "standard" is published by that
company only, they can twist it around every other day without
problems, on www.microsoft.com the standard itself is not downloadable
in...RTF format, but as a windows only executable. Open, indeed.
I already said that formats are NOT the application. Yes, that
specific OASIS format came from OOo, but now is much bigger, and
completely independent from them. OOo developers can change or rewrite
their code overnight, but can't turn the standard upside down. That is
now independent from any single app, and much more idle, as it should
be, by the fact that is now controlled by a committee.
Yes, it is a committee controlled by for profit companies, several
bigger than Microsoft, but I see that as much better than one direct
private monopoly as today.
Furthermore, the office format is just one tiny part of OASIS, which
aims to provide open standards for just about any kind of structured
information. Forget bickering with OOo, check out www.oasis-open.org
RTF belongs to Microsoft, cannot be accepted by who is trying to avoid
> (Good luck trying to get MS to support OASIS)
No user or developers should waste one second to talk to Microsoft
about this, and this is not another attempt to destroy Microsoft.
Users should simply ask their governments to accept and release all
electronics documents in truly open formats, independent from any
single application, even if it is Microsoft office. Because it is
right. Period. And for all the reasons above, OASIS is infinitely much
more powerful and credible than RTF in this context.
-- Marco Fioretti m.fioretti, at the server inwind.it Red Hat for low memory http://www.rule-project.org/en/
I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. -- Roy Croft
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