internetnews.com: Microsoft Office Open XML Sparks Standards Fight
Dec 08, 2006, 13:45 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hickins)
"Ecma, an international organization that helps develop
standards, has approved Office Open XML (OOXML), and will submit
the standard for adoption under the International Standards
Organization (ISO) process.
"This is a significant milestone for Microsoft because, if the
standard is approved by ISO, it will deflect criticism that its
software is not standards-based.
"The standards issue is particularly important in dealing with
governments which do not let their agencies purchase software that
is not standards-based..."