On Open Standards

“When the state information technology chief of Massachusetts announced in 2005 that the state was going to standardize its computer document format to be more compatible with open-source software-software that isn’t controlled by a company-than with Microsoft products, loud choruses of support and outrage ensued, closely followed by the announcement of an investigation into the chief’s apparently perfectly legal state-funded travel for participation in open-source software conferences, followed by a new state-government announcement that it would work with Microsoft to stay compatible with the company’s document formats, followed by an announcement from Microsoft that it would bring its document format closer to an open-source format.”-A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder

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