Independent Implementations of Open XML

“One element that keeps coming up in the comments section to my
blog is the idea of the quality of the specification. This argument
is tied to the length of the specification and what that means for
reviewers of the documents. Both of these have been
huffed-and-puffed at for quite some time on various community
blogs, but there is a really important test for these two items.
Can successful independent implementations be built? The answer is
an unqualified yes.

“As I, and a number of others, have pointed out over time, the
original document was significantly expanded as the members of TC45
asked for greater and greater details…”

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