In this entry Rob Weir discusses the official and unofficial constraints on the development of Ecma Office Open XML, considers what it means for the standard, with reference to the inductive logic game of Zendo, takes a dive into Art Page Border as an example of how OOXML is overconstrained and why that causes problems, and shows how to do Art Page Borders better, while still preserving copatibility with legacy documents.
Microsoft irrevocably covenants that it will not seek to enforce any of its patent claims necessary to conform to the technical specifications for the Microsoft Office 2003 XML Reference Schemas.
Essay by David A. Wheeler. September 2, 2005
"The word 'proprietary' is anathema now," said Yankee Group analyst Laura DiDio. "Open source is gaining ground and Microsoft is responding to market demands; it cannot exist as a monopoly." By Jay Wrolstad, Newsfactor Network, November 18, 2003
Meta Group vice president Steve Kleynhans told TechNewsWorld that although it will take a year to 18 months to tell whether the strategy is working, the release of the schemas is a good indicator of Microsoft's dedication to being more open. E-Commerce News, November 17, 2003