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On 01/02/2011 10:46 AM, Lee Hyde wrote:

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My understanding is that Microsoft intends to implement strict OOXML
gradually, with each successive release of Microsoft Office using an
increasingly 'strict' form of transitional OOXML. Assuming that I am
correct in this assumption, does it not make sense that Microsoft will
make each successive version of their transitional OOXML backwards
compatible with their last and that they will release updates or add-ons
to ensure forward compatibility for older products (Office 2007 and 2010).

I, personally, cannot make that presumption, based on previous
experience with Microsoft.  There is a dichotomy between what MS says
and what it does.  And an even wider one between what one might presume
and what MS does.

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I assume nobody has an issue with strict OOXML (which is, as I
understand it, an open standard) so why would you have an issue with
implementing by graduations (in line with Microsoft) strict OOXML via a
series of transitional specifications?

I'm concerned by what you mean by an open standard.  To me, open means
free to use and free to see.  From what I understand of the OOXML ISO as
it was passed there are a lot of MS add-ons that are proprietary, as
well as a lot of binary blobs that are proprietary.  Also a number of
definitions that are so vague that they are, for all intents and
purposed, unable to be implemented as written.  Therefore, I can not
look at OOXML as being and OPEN standard.  Yes, it is a standard (to
Microsoft's eternal shame).  But OPEN it is NOT.

Kind Regards,

Lee Hyde.

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