Re: Question to candidates: what about next ODF?

On Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 06:23:57PM -0500, Jody Goldberg wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 09:34:54PM +0000, Rui Miguel Silva Seabra wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > One question to candidates: 
> > 
> > 	Wil you promote the Foundation's participation on the reviewing
> > 	of ODF?
> > 
> > I'm sure it won't be for lack of a sponsor, but I think it is much more 
> > important to the Free Software world to have a true Open Standard for
> > office documents, regardless of MS OOXML's outcome, and I hope the
> > Foundation will help make sure the users of GNOME can use the next
> > version of ODF with GNOME based Free Software.
> I don't see how the foundation can 'make sure' of anything in this
> instance.  It can not force developers towards or away from either
> spec.  That is simply not in it's mandate.

I may be being obtuse, but what's not in it's mandate for ODF but is for
OOXML? Or am I reading your words wrong?

> We all appear to agree
> that implementing ODF is good for FLOSS.  However, beyond that
> there's no stick, and a carrot (eg funding) seems inappropriate (why
> this project vs the dozens of others).

Or one another in particular? For a fake standard, there is funding?

> The board has offered to try and facilitate a membership in OASIS
> for an interested candidate.  The will is there, but like so much
> else we're short on man power.  We'd welcome patches to improve the
> ODF exporter in Gnumeric or abiword.  I'd prefer to be spending my
> time coding to these endless discussions of ISO-tactics.

I think I might have missed this, where is it? I can't seem to find it,
but it's late here and my googling skills may be already too hampered...


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