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    odujosh

    http://www.itpro.co.uk/features/124164/double-standards-for-microsoft-and-ooxml.html

    "The ODF specification is 600 pages in length. The OOXML specification already occupies 6,000 pages - enough to fill a library."

    So lets do some estimating here. Average novel is 300 pages in length let's say. So this totally objective authors metaphorical liabary is 20 novels big. Hmmm. Maybe thats why he failed math. Not sure why he writes professionally no less since most people have many 'libaries' in their house.

    Maybe it would be safe to say ODF is functionally limited. Just as a guess.

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    W3bbo

    I doubt much of that OOXML specification is written prose. Much of it probably is sample code and documents, for example.

    Consider the CSS2.1 specification, it gives you more control over style than Word, yet its specification is but 351 pages long (incl. appendices and "this page is intentionally left blank")


    I'll bet those 6,000 pages also include the formal specifications for XML (and probably SGML).

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    DigitalDud

    The ODF specification doesn't contain enough information to even load a basic spreadsheet.

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    Ray6

    DigitalDud wrote:
    

    The ODF specification doesn't contain enough information to even load a basic spreadsheet.



    If it did, it might balloon to 6,000 pages ... and we can't have that.

    The thing is that the ODF spec refers to a different spec for the spreadsheet formulas. Microsoft simply kept it all in the same document, which IMO, gives folk a better idea of the work involved in actually implementing it.

    ... and saying that a spec is no good because it is too long, makes as much sense as saying  a program is rubbish, because it contains too many lines of code.


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    odujosh

    DigitalDud wrote:
    

    The ODF specification doesn't contain enough information to even load a basic spreadsheet.



    Yea the beast follows breed problem coupled with anything out of Microsoft must be squashed. Standards developed by minority players in an industry aren't really standards:)

    No fair ODF was first seems to be valid debate point for OOXML opposed sites.

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