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RE: Versioning and html[5]

From: Chris Wilson <Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 12:07:22 -0700
To: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>
CC: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <5C276AFCCD083E4F94BD5C2DA883F05A27D7192736@tk5-exmlt-w600.wingroup.windeploy.ntdev.microsoft.com>

Håkon Wium Lie [mailto:howcome@opera.com] 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.

Ah, you meant to say "every past Office document format is not openly spec'ed."  Okay.

>Supporting
>it, in all its versions, is prohibitively expensive for anyone but
>Microsoft.

Supporting all Office formats from all past versions is incredibly expensive, period.  Microsoft just already paid some of that cost.

-Chris
Received on Friday, 13 April 2007 19:07:34 UTC

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