Re: Will OASIS/XML format be supported?

From: M. Fioretti (
Date: Sun Apr 13 2003 - 18:19:10 EDT

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    On Sun, Apr 13, 2003 14:59:35 at 02:59:35PM -0700, Dom Lachowicz ( wrote:
    > RTF matches our internal data representation much
    > better, and our file filters for RTF are much more
    > advanced than our Oasis ones (we use RTF for cut+paste
    > with the clipboard, and this needs to be flawless).
    OK, clear

    > But besides that, maybe 1-2 million people use
    > OpenOffice on any sort of regular basis. Maybe 1-2
    > billion people use Microsoft Word. And those MSWord
    > users can't possibly import Oasis documents, nor is
    > Microsoft likely to add such functionality.

    Microsoft will add it only some eons after hell freezes over, unless
    it's forced to do it by governments asking for it explicitly.
    This can happen only if they are shown/asked by people to go for a
    truly non-locking alternative. That's why I am hoping that users of
    all apps can have the same Free file format.
    > One of our aims is to inter-operate seamlessly with
    > the other software on the market. So if we wanted to
    > change the default file format, we'd *probably* choose
    > one that everyone already uses. But we have no
    > ambition of changing our default file format. It's
    > already user-configurable, and that's about as far as
    > I'm willing to go.
    Nor anybody should force anybody else to do it. As long as the end
    user is given the choice, there is really no need.

    (rest of Dom's answer snipped simply because very clear, and the only
    thing I could add is that I know that OOo and others behave the same
    way w.r.t other formats: I came here to ask because AbiWord is the one
    I know less, so I needed to check at the source)

                    Marco Fioretti

    Marco Fioretti                 m.fioretti, at the server
    Red Hat for low memory

    Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. Aldous Huxley

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