ConsortiumInfo: Ecma Approves OOXML--What Does it All Mean?
Dec 09, 2006, 01:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)
"As expected, Ecma, the European-based standards body chosen by
Microsoft to fast-track its Office Open XML standard to ISO, voted
to adopt OOXML. The vote was 20 to 1, with IBM casting the only
negative vote (as disclosed by IBM VP of Open Standards and Open
Source Bob Sutor earlier in the day). What exactly does the
favorable vote mean? Let's try the Q&A format again to sort it
"Q: Why did Microsoft not send OOXML directly to ISO?
"A: First, let's clear up one thing for accuracy's sake: while
people commonly refer to ISO approval as a shorthand convenience,
the actual approving body is a joint committee formed years ago by
both ISO, the International Organization for Standardization
(right--it's not an acronym) and the International Electrotechnical
Commission (IEC) to address the then-emerging area of information
technology standards. That committee is called the Joint Technical
Committee, or JTC1. So it's actually joint ISO/IEC approval that
Microsoft wants for OOXML, to gain parity with OASIS's ODF document
format. ODF was approved for all practical purposes last May, and
was formally published just a few days ago..."