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· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · November
· · · · 27 (1 entry)

Thought Experiments · I see that Mi­crosoft has post­ed a lit­i­ga­tion covenant on the Of­ficeXML for­mats (al­so read Bri­an Jones’ ex­e­ge­sis). In re­spon­se, there’s a bunch of le­gal pok­ing and prod­ding here and here; I don’t un­der­stand the le­gal ar­gu­ments, and I don’t think they’re the in­ter­est­ing part of the sto­ry any­how. So, let’s do two thought ex­per­i­ments. First, what if Mi­crosoft re­al­ly is do­ing the right thing? Se­cond, how can we avoid hav­ing two in­com­pat­i­ble file for­mat­s? [Up­date: There’s been a lot of re­ac­tion to this piece, and I ad­dressed some of those points here.] ...
 
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