A letter from a frightened reader

by Rick Jelliffe

I had a letter from a reader, R, today, which I thought I would share with you. R is a person seemingly paralyzed by fears, assailed by the uncertainties in life, and prone to the most violent of doubts. Anything I can do to help R out of this unfortunate state of mind, I think it is my duty to do.

R writes:
Dear Rick, I have been reading your blog now for about a year, and am a great fan. We do not always see eye to eye, but your continued moderation is admirable and an inspiration to all right-thinking people. However, I am really worried about this Geneva meeting: I cannot sleep due to worry that there has been no attempt to provide any extra security against viruses in Open XML. I thought I could trust my local delegation to pursue this, but I cannot see any progress


Well, R, I can report that the BRM has in fact accepted an proposal to reduce the scope for viruses in OOXML files: I am not sure whether I can talk about individual issues yet or not, but it is issue AU-9 or Response 12.