ACID test for ODF needed to ensure interoperability

The ODF (Open Document Format) Alliance has revealed the many ways Microsoft’s support for ODF interoperability falls sort. See

“Support for ODF represents an important and ongoing test of Microsoft’s commitment to real-world interoperability,” said ODF Alliance managing director Marino Marcich.

I liked the Alliance’s focus on real world interoperability rather than minimum compliance with standards. As has been pointed out numerous times, standards are not designed to make it impossible for a vendor to act in bad faith.

The standard is just fine for any honest company trying to make a product that works. It just wasn’t written as an ironclad legal contract to keep MS from playing dumb and intentionally breaking compatibility.

A valuable suggestion is to make an equivalent of the HTML ACID test. That would help frame performance in terms people could appreciate.