I don't know, although I think most of them are off their rockers (I mean, for goodness sakes its a document format-- get a grip) but I still think it's fishy to green-light and fast-track a standard that can't really be implemented by others because of such silliness as "KeepParagraphsLikeWord95" or whatever.
One thing I do agree with is that more than one party should be able to independently implement a standard before it is ratified. Cf. HTML, which is so complex and ambiguous that it still has not really been implemented 100% correctly by anyone.
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There's certainly a number of technical issues with the specification, a lot of which were worked out over the last six months or so - but none the less the specifications are complicated and Ecma choosing to fast-track it may of been the wrong choice.
The trouble is the technical issues get mixed with the anti-Microsoft, IBM and Sun lobbying nonsense, which should be entirely seperate.
"The trouble is the technical issues get mixed with the anti-Microsoft, IBM and Sun lobbying nonsense, which should be entirely seperate."
Agreed, but I think we can both agree that it will never happen. Even if the standard were perfect it would get attacked. This creates a sort-of "boy who cried wolf effect," I think.