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ODF1.2, My Movie Plot Defanged
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I need to clean up some things about yesterday's post, "ODF 1.2, Hijacked by OO.o?"
In that post, I made much over not knowing what ODF 1.2 is and what the changes are from earlier ODF specifications. I found this disturbing when coupled with the support for ODF 1.2 advertised as part of OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta's public availability.
Thanks to a speedy comment by Rob Weir, I now know where there is a complete account of the work toward ODF 1.2, including the accepted proposals for that version, on an OpenDocument Technical Committee Wiki page. This material is completely public. It is also a great demonstration of the kind of open, transparent conduct that we need more of among standards-development activities. I'm pleased to see this.
I have updated the original post.
I continue to harbor concerns about confusion around file-name extensions and that leading people to expect compatibility with OpenOffice.org or simply treating OO.o as the bona fide standard (implementation). I think it matters, in this regard, how any (document-format) standards are crafted, although it is not entirely in the hands of standards-development organizations and their technical committees.
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