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  4. <title>FSFE - News - FSFE context briefing: Interoperability woes with MS-OOXML</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE context briefing: Interoperability woes with MS-OOXML</h1>
  8. <p>Released at 11:15, 5-3-2008.</p>
  9. <p>FSFE has released a context briefing that highlights three examples of how
  10. the proposed MS-OOXML specification and its practical implementation in
  11. MS Office 2007 hinders interoperability, fosters vendor dependence and
  12. results in market distortion. The proposed MS-OOXML/DIS29500 specification
  13. continues to raise serious technical and legal concerns.</p>
  14. <p>At the recent ISO Ballot Resolution Meeting for the proposed specification
  15. more than 1,000 technical concerns and proposed dispositions required
  16. discussion. Participants were only able to discuss between 20 to 30
  17. dispositions and to accept approximately 200 minor editorial corrections
  18. in the allocated time. Around 900 dispositions were not discussed.</p>
  19. <p>"The standardisation process is being tested quite extensively by this," says
  20. Shane Coughlan, FSFE's legal coordinator. "It is important that standards are
  21. open and do not exclude anyone. Interoperability and access are not optional
  22. components of a fair digital society."</p>
  23. <p>FSFE's perspective is that there is only one reasonable response by national
  24. bodies: move DIS29500 out of the FastTrack process by voting "DISAPPROVE, with
  25. comments" and suggest methods of handling the proposed specification through
  26. the normal ISO process, ideally by convergence into ISO/IEC 26300, the Open
  27. Document Format (ODF).</p>
  28. <ul>
  29. <li>Read the <a href="http://fsfeurope.org/documents/msooxml-interoperability">context briefing</a> online.</li>
  30. <li>Download a <a href="http://fsfeurope.org/documents/msooxml-interoperability.pdf">PDF copy</a> of the context briefing (1.3M)</li>
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  32. <p>About the Free Software Foundation Europe:</p>
  33. <p class="aboutfsfe">The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
  34. non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
  35. involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
  36. participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in
  37. the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
  38. Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the
  39. furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study,
  40. modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these issues,
  41. securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people
  42. Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central issues
  43. of the FSFE.</p>
  44. <p>Contact:</p>
  45. <address>You can reach the FSFE switchboard from:<br />
  46. Belgium: +32 2 747 03 57 ext 408<br />
  47. Germany: +49 700 373 38 76 73 ext 408<br />
  48. Sweden: +46 31 7802160 ext 408<br />
  49. Switzerland: +41 43 500 03 66 ext 408<br />
  50. UK: +44 29 200 08 17 7 ext 408 </address>
  51. <address>Shane Coughlan, FTF Coordinator, FSFE extension: 408</address>
  52. <address>Further information: http://fsfeurope.org</address>
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