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Kracked wrote:

The International Standards people choose ODF. So now we can start asking people to use the International Standard for office suite file formats - ODF. Sure MS really needs to get their act together and read/write ODF properly so they to will offer "THE standard" - ODF.

This reminds me of the '60s bumper sticker that read, "What if they held a war and nobody showed up?" What if the International Standards people chose a "standard" format and nobody listened? We can complain as much as we want about MS not using the internationally accepted "standard," but as long as the end users are flocking to Word and .DOCX, it is the de factor standard. Again, I don't like it, but standards are determined by the marketplace, not by the dictates of some international board.

If I asked a colleague to use ODF file formats because some International board declared it to be the "standard," they would laugh me out of my office. "Everybody uses Word," they would say, and I'd have to admit, they'd be right.

I agree that MS should properly implement the standard. But, what if they don't? People will still by Word and still send documents in DOCX format and the rest of us will still stay up late complaining about it on LO list serves.



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