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ConsortiumInfo: OOXML v. ODF: What a Week!

Jan 25, 2007, 17:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"It's been an unusually active week in the contest between already ISO-adopted ODF and OOXML, as the latter moves through the first step of the ISO the adoption process. More specifically, Ecma submitted OOXML to the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) on January 5, starting the clock on the traditional one-month 'contradictions' period that begins the 'fast track' process in the JHTC1. However, OOXML is no traditional specification, weighing in at over 6,000 pages. During this phase, eligible JTC1 members can note ways in which the proposed standard overlaps other standards, fails to incorporate available ISO standards, or otherwise does not meet ISO rules (a second, five month period will begin on February 5, during which technical and other objections may be raised).

"With OOXML formally launched within the JTC1, both sides have pulled out all the stops to influence the national bodies eligible to participate, as well as the public at large. Here's a chronology of the principle events of just the last seven days, and how they fit into the overall scheme of things..."

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