Let me first thank Microsoft for releasing the actual specs of their office documents [NOTE: as of Feb 16 2008 0615GMT, only the Word format document is available]. See, I do have something nice to say about MS (hear that friends at MS Singapore?). After all these years, they have released the formats of their documents. In one sweep, we can reduce all the contention that has been the abortive attempt to impose a broken proposal on the world. With that now in the open, we can finally just kill off the ooxml. I propose that the line 1 of page 1 till last line of the last page of ooxml be canceled and say that it is now not necessary as we have the formats of all the “billions” of ms documents that can be migrated out of vendor lock-in into ODF.
Perhaps we should not bring out the champagne yet. We need to verify that these documents are indeed truly representative of their formats. I would like to trust Microsoft, but as Reagan once said, “trust, but verify”. For their sake, I hope they have released *everything*.
They are putting this out on their OSP which I think is GPLv2. Why don’t they just put it out on GPLv2?