ODF vs. OOXML: War of the Words Chapter 4

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Dec 29, 2007 7:20 AM EDT
ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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By the end of December 2005, I had been blogging on ODF developments in Massachusetts for about four months, providing interviews, legal analyses and news as it happened. At that time, not many bloggers were covering the story, and email began to come my way from people that I had never met before, from as far away as Australia, and as near as the State House in Boston.

Some of these emails began with, "This seems really important – what can I do to help?" Others contained important information that someone wanted to share, and that I was happy to receive.

One such email arrived just before Christmas in 2005. In its entirety, it read:

Enjoy reading your consortiuminfo blog ... keep it up.
Happy New Year,

Eric Kriss

This was a pleasant and welcome surprise. Until October, Eric Kriss had been the Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance, and therefore Peter Quinn's boss. Together, they had conceived, architected and launched the ambitious IT upgrade roadmap that in due course incorporated ODF into the state's procurement guidelines.

Naturally I responded to Kriss's email, and suggested that perhaps he might consider granting me an interview. The answer was "no." But over the next several months Eric was nonetheless willing to help me out from time to time when I needed insight into current events as they evolved – as they began rapidly to do, beginning with the abrupt resignation of Peter Quinn less than a week later. Eventually, I received an email that ended like this:

Also, I've been thinking about your offer of an interview and perhaps the time is right.

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