Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Why standards are newsworthy

There is a demonstration in Oslo against Microsoft's Open Office XML format. A demonstration for crying out loud!

Standards matter. Standard selection is vendor selection; which is why Microsoft has put so much money in persuading the International Standards Organization to accept OOXML.

The Potomac technology community is one of the most influential in standards issues. Even more than money, standards determine the direction of future technology. It is a pity local editors do not understand this.

No comments: