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Who wants a better standard?
Authored by: Andy Updegrove on Monday, March 03 2008 @ 03:15 AM CST
Winter,

From a pragmatic point of view, there are many developers in the Microsoft ecosystem who I expect don't care which standard wins, so long as they one they have to deal with is well documented, or may even prefer OOXML (Aptiva is one that comes to mind, which plans to make money off of OOXML).  Same for customers, who don't yet "get it" about why they should care.  And then there are all of those delegates who have tried in good faith to do what they were asked to do.

As you can see from my own comments, I think that this attitude is counterproductive, but hey, it's a big world, and I'm sure that different people are going to have different opinions.  And then there's the simple truth that if ISO/IEC JTC1 does approve OOXML, the better it is, the better everyone will be that has to live with it. 

  -  Andy
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