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How Many Defects Remain in OOXML?

Mar 21, 2008, 01:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Weir)

"DIS 29500, Office Open XML, was submitted for Fast Track review by Ecma as 6,045 page specification. (After the BRM, it is now longer, maybe 7,500 pages or so. We don't know for sure, since the post-BRM text is not yet available for inspection.) Based on the original 6,045 page length, a 5-month review by JTC1 NB's lead to 48 defect reports by NB's, reporting a total of 3,522 defects. Ecma responded to these defect reports with 1,027 proposals, which the recent BRM, mainly through the actions of one big overnight ballot, approved.

"So what was the initial quality of OOXML, coming into JTC1? One measure is the defect density, which we can say is at least one defect for every 6045/1027 = 5.8 pages. I say 'at least' because this is the lower bounds..."

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