Today is the closing date for submissions to the NSAI. I have made a comment
to be included in the OpenIreland <http://openireland.com> submission as
their point of view mirrored closely that of my professional view as a
technology consultant to small businessess.
For those that are intereested, here it is...
"From the point of view of my customers and my own business, the requirement
to purchase proprietary software every few years represents a real drain on
their limited resources without ever adding any real value to their
operations. Now that there is an opportunity for a single, truly open
standard in ODF it should be encouraged to allow businesses focus their
resources in areas that really add value to the economy and do not leak
revenues to foreign companies. To this effect, the ratification of OOXML
will, instead of levelling the playing field, add further obstruction
through the existence of two different standards. One which is truly open
(ODF) and one which only appears open but which in practice is only
implementable by its sponsor (OOXML). "
On 09/07/07, paul at clubi.ie <paul at clubi.ie> wrote:
>> On Wed, 4 Jul 2007, Gareth Eason wrote:
>> > From previous meetings, I think it's reasonably clear that the
> > committee have a mandate from the membership to write on behalf of the
> > membership to the NSAI regarding this issue.
>> Does "reasonably clear" mean a motion was passed?
>> > We will be taking the stance that there is no merit to ratifying
> > Microsoft proposal as a meaningful standard.
>> Is there consensus that this should be the position of the ILUG? I
> think there were at least a few comments against this when this was
> discussed on the list.
>> > I'll put a draft up here shortly and get comments.
> > If anyone has anything in particular that they think should be
> > included, please do let me know - either to the list or to me directly.
> Paul Jakma paul at clubi.iepaul at jakma.org Key ID: 64A2FF6A
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