Open Documents -- Part 3

Open signThe battle over OpenDocument Format has begun and Microsoft is using their traditional brass knuckles approach. It was revealed this week in some blogs that a recent article, "Massachusetts Should Close Down OpenDocument", which ran at Fox News was written by a journalist hired by Microsoft. (See an interesting rebuttal). The stakes are high. The issue is who owns documents, the document creator or the software that was used to create the documents.

Let's make it personal and down to earth. Mr. and Mrs. Smith and their children all have computers on the local area network at home. They recently had a busy weekend. Mr. Smith created a presentation which he will take to a conference and present using his ThinkPad. Mrs. Smith wrote a newsletter which will be distributed to dozens of members in a local non-profit organization she belongs to. The Smiths' daughter completed a school term paper replete with graphical images, clip art, and photographs. The Smiths' son is a graduate student in business and he developed a spreadsheet to reflect a ten-year financial plan for a new business idea. Who owns these four documents? (read more)

by John R Patrick October 15, 2005 in Application Development, Future, History, Innovation, People, Systems Technology


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Posted by: Ryan | Oct 18, 2005 12:25:28 PM

Not that I have any real comment to make on the open document format, escept to say you know it makes sense! However, its worth noting that the formal IBM Press release announcing our support was released from Delhi, India.

This was the first ever IBM Press release from Delhi, and shows how times are changing. This isn't your fathers IBM!

Posted by: Mark Cathcart | Dec 22, 2005 7:46:20 AM

The good thing about your information is that it is explicit enough for students to grasp. Thanks for your efforts in spreading academic knowledge.

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