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Commentary: ISO Should Kick OOXML Off the Standards Bus

Jan 28, 2008, 21:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Ossendryver)

[ Thanks to Roland for this link. ]

"ECMA, the international IT standards association, recently published its responses to comments of the ISO National Bodies in response to Microsoft's Office Open XML application for ISO standardization (the actual 2,293-page response is closed to the public). The ECMA proposals will be discussed at a Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) in Geneva after which the National Bodies may reconsider their original vote. Microsoft's responses make clear that within one year, it will have four different OOXML specifications to implement and interoperate with, and each of those specs will be closed. Under no circumstances should such a flawed specification become an international standard.

"The main specification is OOXML 1.0 (i.e. ECMA 376 today)..."

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