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ConsortiumInfo: Why Ecma? (Part I)

Dec 21, 2006, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"A year ago, many words were written (including by me) on why Microsoft may have chosen Ecma to package Microsoft's Office Open XML formats as a standard. Now that Ecma has finished that project and adopted the result, there's additional data to examine that sheds some light on that question. That will be my topic today, and for the next several entries.

"About two weeks ago I wrote a related entry called Ecma Approves OOXML--What Does it all Mean? In that entry, I tried to give an even handed overview (admittedly, as I see it) of how the Ecma approval of Microsoft's XML formats fits into the grand scheme of things. The bottom line was that I did not think that the Ecma action was very significant, given the circumstances under which it had been achieved..."

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