LWN: FFII on Proposed OpenXML Adoption
Jan 30, 2007, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The FFII has sent an open letter to all delegations of the
International Standardization Organization (ISO) to oppose with
contradictions the 'fast track' adoption of the Microsoft's
6000-page OOXML specification (ECMA-376) before the deadline of
February, 5th. Microsoft's proposal damages the adoption of the
existing ISO 26300 standard (OpenDocument) that covers almost the
same functionality in just 600 pages.
"The FFII has several concerns with the proposed standard.
OpenXML relies on undisclosed patents, and undisclosed or
incomplete licensing terms that make any independent
reimplementation impossible or heavily risky..."