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Re: Versioning and html[5]

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 00:14:09 -0700
Message-Id: <2ABEFAB2-F80F-492C-82C9-A7978C7FD3E7@apple.com>
Cc: Chris Wilson <Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
To: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>


On Apr 12, 2007, at 4:45 PM, Håkon Wium Lie wrote:

>
> Also sprach Chris Wilson:
>
>>> Exactly this has already
>>> happened with Office document formats, it's a repeating pattern.
>>
>> Sorry, I'm not registering how you're using Office formats as an
>> example. Office formats are now thoroughly documented, with an open
>> standard describing them.
>
> Office formats are far from being documented -- e.g., there is no
> publically available specification for the "doc"-formats. Supporting
> it, in all its versions, is prohibitively expensive for anyone but
> Microsoft.

Indeed, even OOXML is widely derided as being a "standard" that only  
Microsoft can ever implement, apparently by design. I don't think it  
helps Chris's case to hold it up as a success story.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Friday, 13 April 2007 07:14:41 GMT

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