Re: Regarding OOXML and Microsoft patents
- From: Rui Miguel Silva Seabra <rms 1407 org>
- To: "Christian F.K. Schaller" <uraeus gnome org>
- Cc: foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Regarding OOXML and Microsoft patents
- Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 20:09:38 +0100
Miguel and Michael have done remarkable jobs in many situations, and
as such deserve a lot of praise for those jobs.
This one, however, is not a remarkable job and deserves critic.
ps: is how can we do autoSpaceLikeWord95 a snide remark? Is 2004/48/EC
a snide remark? all those things will affect us (you're from Europe,
right?) very soon.
On Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 04:05:48PM +0200, Christian F.K. Schaller wrote:
> Hi Rui,
> I just read through this whole thread from start to finish after having
> gotten a little behind on my email.
> Personally the ODF versus OOXML discussion is only of secondary interest
> to me, but one thing struck me through this whole debate. Rui, it is
> fine to disagree with Miguel and Michael about the qualities or lack of
> such of the OOXML specification. But I don't think the kind of rude
> personal attacks and snide remarks you been targeting at Miguel and
> Michael throughout this discussion belong anywhere. Miguel and Michael
> have each done more for free software than most of us can even hope to
> aspire to, and thus trying to smear them only makes you look bad and for
> people to consider your arguments to be without merit.
> I assume the reason this debate is on the gnome foundation list is
> because there is a wish to have the GNOME foundation come out stronger
> in favour of ODF. But if that is the goal I think a more professional
> attitude is a better tool, as the current badmouthing do not entice me
> at least, to get stronger GNOME endorsement ODF.
> On Tue, 2007-07-24 at 21:34 +0100, Rui Miguel Silva Seabra wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 24, 2007 at 03:37:06PM -0400, Miguel de Icaza wrote:
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > > > > Also, why do you say the format is open? Can you tell me how Word95 does
> > > > > > auto-space ?
> > > > >
> > > > > Can you tell me how ODF lays out paragraphs or does line-breaking or
> > > > > wraps text to shaped embedded objects or ... ?
> > > >
> > > > Nothing in OOXML spec explains how Word95 does autospace, so how can a
> > > > full implementation of OOXML respect that tag's meaning?
> > >
> > > The topic is addressed here:
> > >
> > > http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones/archive/2007/01/09/specifying-the-document-settings.aspx
> > "Use OpenOffice.org 1.1 line spacing" this argument is funny, and was
> > addressed at the Portuguese Technical Commission.
> > There is an essential difference between
> > SecretRuleYouCan'tKnowOfProductFuBar and
> > UnderSpecifiedRuleYouCanReadSourceCodeToCompleteKnowledge
> > > And it addresses in particular the issue of whether it should be removed
> > > or not.
> > Nice, just another repeatition the argument of "legacy". What about
> > KWord? Can it support legacy formats, or is legacy only for Microsoft?
> > If it's only for Microsoft (since KWord most definitely can't do it),
> > then how can it be part of an open standard?
> > > Of course this is my position on technical merits, others implementors
> > > might have other views. On political and activist grounds you might
> > > also reach different conclusions, but I will find it difficult in the
> > > future to say with a straight face in court "well, they did not specify
> > > enough, so this format created lock-in".
> > >
> > > > Specially from people who work for a company that is strategically
> > > > aligned with Microsoft.
> > >
> > > Ah, the old guilt by association way of constructing a logical argument.
> > > Always a fine choice.
> > Well, pot, meet kettle. However, you are the one who said almost word
> > for word what another Microsoft employee said at the Portuguese Meeting.
> > It's fortunate that he didn't speak Portuguese, this is how I could tell
> > you used almost word for word what he said. Do they give lectures on how
> > to answer? I'm curious :)
> > Rui
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