Andy Updegrove writes "In the second part of a one-two punch attack on the entrenched position of Microsoft Office, OASIS today announced the formation of a new committee to "increase the demand for and availability of ODF-conforming products, resulting in a greater choice of tools and platforms and expanding the ODF community of users, suppliers, and developers." The announcement of the new committee follows closely on the heels of the unveiling of the ODF Alliance on Friday, an organization that will focus on educating government about the advantages of requiring support of ODF in their software procurement.
With the launch of these two initiatives, the credibility of ODF should be substantially augmented. At the same time, the messaging and the structural reality of each of these new organizations emphasize openness, transparency of process and information, and responsiveness to the end user. The approach stands in sharp contrast to the tightly controlled charter of the Ecma working group that is preparing Microsoft's XML Reference Schema for adoption."
March 7, 2006