GNOME Foundation defends OOXML

The GNOME Foundation, recently slammed by critics who accused it of supporting Microsoft's OOXML (Open Office XML document format), has issued a statement to clarify its position on the matter.The International Standards Organization recently shot down Microsoft's request that OOXML be given "fast track" status. Another vote is expected next year. In the meantime, Microsoft […]

The GNOME Foundation, recently slammed by critics who accused it of supporting Microsoft's OOXML (Open Office XML document format), has issued a statement to clarify its position on the matter.

The International Standards Organization recently shot down Microsoft's request that OOXML be given "fast track" status. Another vote is expected next year. In the meantime, Microsoft has been working with the ECMA TC45 committee to address concerns over OOXML, which critics have argued is too proprietary to merit certification as a standard.

GNOME's involvement in the effort recently sparked stern rebukes from backers of the ODF (Open Document Format), such as Russell Ossendryver, a member of the OpenDocument Fellowship. "It seems that GNOME is becoming Microsoft's cat's-paw to damage and slow down open source and open standards," he wrote.

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OOXML, GNOME, Open Source, Microsoft, Document