JUN
6
2006

Apache: Wake up and smell the roses

The Apache foundation steadfastly refuses to include support for the OpenDocument filetypes to its distribution despite the mimetypes being registered with IANA. Appearantly the ASF doesn't agree with the OASIS IPR policy seemingly unaware that the OASIS OpenDocument TC has switched to a most liberal IPR policy (Royalty Free with restrictions on possible licensing conditions) earlier this year.

It's not that the Apache foundation is developing a better open standard for office documents (ASCII maybe?) and so far they do not seemed to be bothered the least shipping mimetypes for proprietary formats such as QuickTime (video/quicktime), MP3 (audio/mpeg) or *gasp* Microsoft Word (application/msword). I'm sure it makes sense in their world, it doesn't in mine.

Comments

Well, IANA even does not consider MS Access files to be known, not mentioning Kexi, OO.org Base or similar db-related types.

Not so good for interoperability. Good that KDE has rich mimetypes database. And there's shared-mime-info @ freedesktop.org.


By Jarosław Staniek at Tue, 06/06/2006 - 19:57

IANA is the authority for registered MIME types.

If Kexi's type isn't there, you have to ask yourself: when was it that Kexi requested the registration of its MIME type?


By Thiago Macieira at Tue, 06/06/2006 - 21:37