Håkon Wium Lie, CTO of Opera, on office formats:
I’m no fan of either specification. Both are basically memory dumps with angle brackets around them. If forced to choose one, I’d pick the 700-page specification (ODF) over the 6,000-page specification (OOXML). But I think there is a better way.
I totally agree with this statement. But here’s another quote:
Less than a year after CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) became a W3C Recommendation, Microsoft co-submitted the competing XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Language) to the World Wide Web Consortium. (One of the authors of that submission was Jean Paoli. It is unlikely that he did much of the technical work on XSL, and he was probably listed for political reasons. Similarly, he was listed as an editor of the XML specification after Microsoft made some phone calls.)
I have no idea whether this is revisionist history or the plain truth, but at least from today’s perspective, I find it hard to see XSL and CSS as competitive.