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James McCarthy writes:
> Ask the minister to define exactly what are the open standards & what
> the governemt considers open standards?
>> Ask if the future software updates will be support these open
> standard?(such as MS Longhorn)
>> The government is entitled to use what
> software it likes. However, it must not make decisions which mandate
> that citizens use the same in order to interoperate.
> This absolutely excludes use of closed standard, vendor specific, file
> formats such as .doc, .xls, .mdb, .pps
>> and closed extensions to open standards such as Office 2003's extension
> of XML.
Worth noting here that the use of XML with an XSD schema isn't really
"extension". It's just one of the standard uses of XML. XSD, as is XML
itself, is a W3C standard:
This is by no means "extension" of XML in a new and innovative way.
It's not even proprietary, as far as I can see! The patent just covers
the use of two open standards together, in a word processor.
So I'd say it's important that the term "open standard" be replaced with
something like: "open standards without known patent licensing concerns".
or something like that.
(Note the "known": there's nothing to stop a company establishing a
product that uses an open standard, convincing customers it's fully
open, then devising a submarine patent to "lock them in" later on
through some means like the above. It's a quagmire.)
Given that MS are reportedly applying for 10 patents a *day* now,
this situation is set to get much worse. :(
> If they did insist on this policy MS Office would be a seriously useless
>> Ask the Minster has she considerd mixing the use of Open Source software
> & proprietry software if an Open Source only solution is too exspensive?
>> Ask the minister are these open standards the same as that of the rest
> of the EU, are they compatible?
>> Ask the Minister provide the report/documentation as to where the
> government 'looked' into the total cost of ownership of Open Source
>> Ask the minister if she would consider the setting up of a permament
> commision consisting of individuals skilled in the sector of I.T. to
> decide the purchase of all I.T. provisions for the government based on
> technical & economic details.
>> Thanks for the input, anything else to pollish it up?
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