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Microsoft's Failures with the OOXML Standard

Aug 31, 2007, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Walli)

"The ISO 'fast track' vote on approval of Microsoft's OOXML document specification happens next Monday (2 Sep.), and news is breaking fast and furious as various countries report out early. An interesting bit of technical experimentation was published in the past week in the shadow of the vote. It shows something more pragmatically damning than all of Rob Weir's hard work digging through faults in the OOXML specification.

"The work is published as a set of experiments. The first experiment takes a trivial spread sheet created with Microsoft Excel 2007. The next step is to unpack the Excel generated 'standard OOXML' and make a trivial edit to it and repack it. Excel then complains violently about the result (i.e. to the point of not reading the document)..."

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