Groklaw Team Exposes Serious Flaws in Microsoft's OOXML Specification
by Jean Hollis Weber
Rob Weir comments in his blog about the team that put together the list of objections:
"...this last weekend at Groklaw... a team of [around 20] volunteers attempted to review the 6,000 page Ecma Office Open XML specification. Since the specification is already two weeks into a 30-day review in ISO/IEC JTC1, a parallel approach was the indicated solution. The alternative, for each individual to review the specification in its entirety, would have required them to read at the rate of 200-pages/day for a month...
"What they found is amazing... I have been reading the OOXML specification, on and off, for a few months now, noting in this blog the problems I've seen. I thought I had a good grasp of the problems. But I was wrong. I was just scratching the surface. The Microsoft guys think I have been complaining too much. But it now looks like I wasn't complaining enough."
Even if you're a supporter of the proposition that two standards are a good thing, you should be opposed to "fast-tracking" a specification as long, complex, and full of flaws as this one. It should be subjected to ISO's normal processes. ECMA should be embarrassed that they approved the spec without identifying and resolving the problems.
|M. David Peterson
Okay, so I took a brief glance over this document, and have found myself laughing at some of the "serious flaws" they believe have been exposed. Making statements like "They don't provide support for "SVG, a W3C standard", to then go on a rant about VML showcases that these folks need to stick to interpreting the law, instead of attempting to understand technology. SVG has been struggling to find support since the day it became a standard, and the one full implementation of it (though Opera and their 1% browser market share does provide a very nice processor) -- Adobe's SVG engine -- has been dropped by Adobe, with an end of life support cycle slated to take place in just under two years.
Adobe has dropped support for SVG ? Nonsense !
They won't support their SVG Viewer from Jan 2007 on and won't make it available from Jan 2008 on (see also http://www.adobe.com/svg/eol.html), but their support for SVG is alive and well - as is the rest of the industry's support.
|The announcement linked to above says that Adobe donated a scripting engine, not a vector graphics processing engine. It handles scripts; it doesn't render vector graphics.|