Work To Rule

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What a great post by Jeremy !Of all people, he knows how to do interoperability right. He had to reverse engineer the SMB protocols so that Samba can work. If interoperability against a black box is to be measured, Samba would get the top prize. No specs, badly written documents etc etc is what the Samba team had to content with. And yet, when the ODF 1.1 is released, MS goes out saying that “oh, there is no way to save spreadsheet formulas because ODF 1.1 does not say how” so we just did it our way. That is going by the letter of the law (standard) and not the spirit. I like Jeremy’s analogy about working to rule – that is exactly MS is doing with their honest-to-the-letter ODF implementation. #fb

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