<OT> petition for Open Document standards for US governement
dmcgarrett at optonline.net
Fri Apr 12 16:46:02 UTC 2013
On 04/12/2013 09:17 AM, Jared Norris wrote:
> On 9 April 2013 08:39, Ric Moore <wayward4now at gmail.com
> <mailto:wayward4now at gmail.com>> wrote:
> I figured this is off-topic, but we need to put our money where
> our mouth is, if we want our LO/OO documents to be acceptable to
> the US Government:
> Give 'em hell, Harry! Ric
> My father, Victor Moore (Vic) used to say:
> "There are two Great Sins in the world...
> ..the Sin of Ignorance, and the Sin of Stupidity.
> Only the former may be overcome." R.I.P. Dad.
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> Actually, this could have been put in a bit of context and made it
> perfectly on topic for the list. Putting the link in a better context
> may not have required the "OT" tags that in and of themselves make the
> post inappropriate for this list. Once such example of a different
> possibility is shown below:
> As a long term Ubuntu users I've often struggled with my dealings with
> government departments that have arcane requirements to use expensive,
> closed products when dealing with them. I've often had to fiddle
> around to get open source products to fit the stringent requirements
> of a document. To combat this technical issue I've started a
> collective petition in my country *insert link here* that anyone else
> having dealings with these departments might be interested in as a
> possible solution that might be slightly out of the box compared to
> I wanted to share it with the list in the hopes of inspiring those in
> other locations who are facing similar bureaucratic issues in using
> Ubuntu products might find this approach valuable to them in assisting
> with their dealings with those who currently don't accept open
> Jared Norris
I've been watching this thread for a while, and I have to say, I think
it's going nowhere, and for good reason. A _very_ small percentage of
desktop users are running Linux. Most are running MS Office on either a
PC or a Mac. It would make a lot more sense to
me, if someone wanted to petition something, would be to petition both
Microsoft and the US Government to standardize on _one_ version of
the MS Office products, and for MS to assist the devs of OO and/or LO
and/or Softmaker in making their products compatible.
As a for-instance, MS Word 1997~2003 would be a good starting point.
Most of the present "off-brand" word processors can deal with
that already. I'm not familiar with the other office products--the
spread sheets, and presentation creators, etc., but the logic should
I am fully aware that this does not read well for FOS fanatics, but it's
time to be realistic!
Just my 2¢ --doug
Blessed are the peacemakers...for they shall be shot at from both sides. A.M. Greeley
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