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Dear Larry,
First of all I want to apologize for my lack of English skills. I'm not
native English speaking so if the words are a little clumpsy, please
bear with me :-)

I disagree with you of two reasons:
1) LibreOffice is free software. If any developer wants to improve the
code - he or she has the freedom to do so. I think this is one very
important stand. We have seen other products in the marked licensed as
open source but that are not free software. Who should decide what what
is 'good' and what is 'bad' code?

Nobody. Because LibreOffice is free software!

We are not building a cathedral are we? Not because the bazaar works
fine for us.

2) No matter what we say or do, there are two document standards
approved by ISO. I guess (!) that most of us engaged in the Document
Foundation can agree that two standards are one two many. Never the
less: OOXML is a standard.

If we decide not to support it we will see status quo in marked
situation: MS having 95+ % of the marked share. MS will claim that they
support both standards and we are not in the loop able to claim otherwise.

If we support OOXML (I don't say that we should hurry) we will be able
to take marked shares from MS and more important: We are in the loop! We
can speak up and tell ISO what is wrong with OOXML. we will be able to
find all the faults and we will be heard. We can talk to politicians
about the core problems because we are implementing it.

I my self are doing that right now. I have spoken to politicians and the
are listening to me - because we are implementing it. Because we are
actually getting working with it.

I am living in a country that has chosen two standards. By working with
it we can help other regions not to make the same mistake. But if we say
"we wil not this" and "we will not that" our only achievement will be
that nobody will listen to what we are saying.

Supporting OOXML is not supporting MS. It is exposing their dirty laundry!

We don't need to hurry! Of cause we must economize our resources and
supporting OOXML will never become our main focus. We have an office
suite to create ;-)


Den 30-12-2010 18:27, Larry Gusaas skrev:
I will not support or use LibreOffice
 until it stops helping spread OOXML by enabling writing in this file
format. There is absolutely no need to write in this proprietary
format. To do so is contrary to the principle of using ODF and open
source formats.

See the following:

Unless this changes I will strongly advocate in the support groups I
participate the people stay with and not switch to

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