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)
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"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..."