Today is just one of those days where you see a lof of strangeness, I guess. Not trying to pick a fight here, but I can’t help but point out the apparent contrast between this: http://www.sutor.com/newsite/blog-open/?p=1145
“That means that other products and software, in practice, will NOT be able to understand arbitrary Open XML that might be thrown at them. There is just too much. Therefore they will only create a bit that they need and send that off. Send it off to whom? The only software that might understand it, namely Microsoft Office.
So this is how I see this playing out: Open XML will be nearly fully read and written by Microsoft products, but only written in subset form by other software. This means that data in Open XML form will be largely sucked into the Microsoft ecosystem but very little will escape for full and practical use elsewhere.”
I guess we might not all be on the same page here. But it’s good to see IBM leading the charge on Open XML adoption. This will be great for everyone. Interestingly enough, it appears that the document conversion services offer support for Open XML, but not ODF (but I could be wrong, I’m sure someone will straighten me out on that.)
(Updated: Rob Weir was kind enough to reply to a comment I made on his blog, and indicated that both formats (ODF and Open XML) are supported. Again, it seems we’re aligned on views that multiple formats can co-exist in products with little difficulty.. http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wpdoc/v6r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.wp.zos.doc/wpf/dcs_view_html.html)