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Why the OOXML Vote Still Matters: A Proposal to Recognize the Need for "Civil ICT Standards"

Feb 25, 2008, 15:15 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"As I write this entry, hundreds of people from around the world are converging on Geneva, Switzerland. 120 will meet behind closed doors to hold the final collaborative discussions that will determine whether OOXML will become an ISO/EC standard. When their work is complete, not everyone will be pleased with the changes agreed upon, but all will acknowledge that the specification that eventually emerges will be much improved from the version that was originally submitted to Ecma two years ago.

"Most will also agree that Microsoft's customers and independent software vendors (ISVs) will be far better off with OOXML publicly available than they would if Microsoft had not offered the specification up at all..."

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