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It's Not Magic, It's Work!

01 Apr 2008

OOXML... 3


Yet again Microsoft have been up to their dirty tricks. Bribing officials, stuffing ballot boxes and generally doing bad things to ram their broken joke of a file format through the ISO process. Alas it looks like money talks and they have bought enough organisations to buy themselves an ISO standard.

While it is nice that they have documented their file format technology, which is a lot more than can be said about their legacy formats, their documentation is next to useless and they don't even promise to stick to it, which given they are the only organisation with access to the hidden bits in the standard makes the standard unimplementable and utter useless. It's just not worth the thousands of pages it's written on.

We will shortly have a standard that can't be used, an utterly discredited and disgraced international standards body and Microsoft will still have you by the short and curlies - if you use their technology.