Saturday, April 05, 2008

A spec or a DNA sequence?

The warts of OOXML.

This is a running criticism I have of Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML). It has been narrowly crafted to accommodate a single vendor's applications. Its extreme length (over 6,000 pages) stems from it having detailed every wart of MS Office in an inextensible, inflexible manner. This is not a specification; this is a DNA sequence.

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Here are some other examples of where the OOXML “Standard” has bloated its specification with features that no one but Microsoft will be able to interpret:


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