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"Alaric B. Snell" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> On Tuesday 17 December 2002 16:40, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> > Is there a set of properties that define "open"?
> > Is there a subset of properties of all office systems
> > that will make that cut?
> I've been thinking that there are various properties that are 'open'; an open
> system need not have all of them, and it's a fuzzy logic problem to say how
> many you need to be 'open'.
> Properties might include:
> ...any others? I've put them in an approximate ordering by strength.
Data formats need to be documented, the documentation needs to be
publicly available and correct. No matter how good or bad a format is,
if the documentation you have doesn't match what you find in actual
files, or if there are crucial features that are not publicly
documented, the format is useless.