I can assure all readers that the change request has not been deleted but I don’t know what has happened to it. This week we are considering all requests with a view to forming a programme for next year and it could have been moved. I will find out.
Somewhere in this thread someone says that it has taken a couple of months for us to acknowledge a fault in the OpenOffice links. I’d be grateful if you could post the case reference number so I can check when we were alerted and improve our response rate if we really have known for so long.
I cannot justify spending development funds on minority requests but if there is significant demand we will respond – for the record I do not feel that the number of responses on EduGeek to date is significant as we have 22,500 schools using SIMS. I notice that this thread has attracted over 1100 but only 50 have voted and not all support the proposition. I urge people to cast their votes one way or another.
This is not cheap change for us to implement and bear in mind that schools using older MS software cannot use XML outputs. You can already use the free MS viewer for all SIMS documents and personally I would rather spend the money on things that will help schools improve behaviour, attendance, assessment results etc and generally make SIMS even more useful.
If I was building a new AM, Profiles etc I would ensure that Open Standards were built in from the start but we are where we are.