Friday, August 24, 2007

Yes!, for no. India rejects OOXML

Good news everyone. After much consideration, India has decided to vote "no" for OOXML. Infosys Technologies and CSI voted for Microsoft, and were the only two organizations supporting Microsoft. Everyone else was opposed.

You can get a sense of how important this is. It is featured on the front page of Slashdot, and made the front page of Reddit as well. Both these are technical sites, and looking at the comments, it is nearly unanimous that this was the right step for India to take. (Not that idle commentary should decide India's vote.)
Since my last two posts were about this issue, I am greatly relieved. Brazil also voted no for OOXML.

This is a big step forward for India. Standardizing on ODF will help focus our efforts on a single open format.