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OOXML-ODF: The Harmonization Hope Chest

Feb 07, 2008, 22:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Hamilton)

"Brian Jones has reported that there is a great deal of interest in harmonization of ODF and OOXML in some way. Subsequently, Brian reported on the ECMA response to ISO/IEC JTC1 DIS 29500 (OOXML) ballot comments requesting harmonization, quoting from the ECMA response:

"'Ecma believes that the work of the DIN (NIA-01-34) committee is essential to any harmonization effort. The work... will enable the industry at large to understand the detailed differences between the formats. Based on this detailed understanding, the ODF and Open XML formats could be extended in the future in order to enable better sharing of information and allow future translations tools to provide even better translation and interoperability between the formats...'"

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