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 http://www.odfalliance.org/blog/index.php/site/microsofts_odf_support_falls_short/.

“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.
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A valuable suggestion is to make an equivalent of the HTML ACID test. http://it.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1239895&cid=28030413. That would help frame performance in terms people could appreciate.

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