As many of you now probably know, Microsoft and Ecma failed to get the Open XML passed on a fast track ballot. That doesn't mean it is dead, not at all, but it does mean they have to go back to the committee table and deal with some of the 10,000 comments (I mean that number seriously, although there are likely many duplicates).
So, of course, the spin meisters are out in force, trying to make it sound like a loss is a win. There are a few notable exceptions, such as Jason Matusow, who lays out the facts
without much spin, to his great credit. But there are some very funny efforts as well. My favorite is this chart from Stephen McGibbons (note DIS29500=OOXML and IS26300=ODF):
Above this, and this is the really funny part, is the caption:
And when both are combined it is very interesting to note that there is clearly more support for OpenXML already than there was for ODF.
So, Stephen manages to turn a unanimous vote for ODF into less support than a rejection for OOXML. That is just priceless. Please, visit Stephen's site (click on the image above) and enjoy the rest of the creative charts and feel free to share your thoughts, although Stephen has an unfortunate habit of holding off on publishing comments he doesn't like.
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