ODF vs. OOXML: War of the Words (an eBook in Process)

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Nov 25, 2007 10:34 PM EDT
ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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For some time I've been considering writing a book about what has become a standards war of truly epic proportions. I refer, of course, to the ongoing, ever expanding, still escalating conflict between ODF and OOXML, a battle that is playing out across five continents and in both the halls of government and the marketplace alike. And, needless to say, at countless blogs and news sites all the Web over as well. Well, I've taken the plunge, and if you are so inclined, you can help.

There is little question, I think, that regardless of where and how this saga ends, it will be studied in business schools and by economists for decades to come. What they will conclude will depend in part upon the materials we leave behind for them to work with. That's one of the reasons I'm launching this effort now, as a publicly posted eBook in progress, rather than waiting until some indefinite point in the future to reconnect with the players in this drama to mine their recollections of what they were thinking and doing at the time, by then colored by the passage of time and the influence of later events.

My hope is that those of you who have played or are now playing a part in this drama will supplement or correct what I'm writing by sharing your facts and insights, either by posting your comments publicly at this blog, or by contacting me privately me via email. My goal will be to present what happened as completely, accurately and readably as I can, so I hope that those on both sides of the fence will work with me. In all cases, I will try and fairly incorporate what you offer into the whole.

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Great eBook Project beirwin 0 895 Nov 27, 2007 2:03 PM

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