"Should ISO/IEC JTC1 approve OOXML, and if so, why not? This
morning's news provides the best evidence for why the answer should
"Whether Microsoft's OOXML (now Ecma 376) should receive the
thumbs up is a question most recently posed to me by a reporter
last week. It's also one that I've been struggling with for the
past 18 months in an effort to be open minded on the subject.
Despite the fact that we would all be better off (in my view) with
a single document format that works well enough for all vendors and
all end users, the submission by Microsoft of OOXML to Ecma
certainly benefits Microsoft's many customers and partners.. So why
shouldn't ISO/IEC approve it as a standard as well, despite the
prior approval of ODF as a global standard...?"