On 11/19/2012 09:52 AM, VA wrote:
I think the issue becomes there is a recognized international standard.
In a lawsuit the issue becomes why does one not fully support the
international standard or if you refuse why do not fully publish your
standard. In the 80's I do not remember an international standard for
anything other that text documents so everyone made their own.
"ODF formats are the international standard so technically MS is not
being standards compliant. This may be very useful if someone where to
sue MS for monopolistic practices."
I think there's a difference between "standards" as declared by
computer developers and societies and "standards" determined by the
marketplace. In the business marketplace, DOC and DOCX are the
standard as they are what the vast number of business users use.
And, in the market place, standards can change. Twenty years ago, the
standard for word processors was WordPerfect (WPD). Over time that
changed to Word, but even then, in the legal profession, WordPerfect
held on a little longer. Now, WordPerfect is a footnote.
MS may not be "standards compliant" but as long as they are the
biggest game in town, what they do IS the standard.
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