"ECMA, the international IT standards association, recently
published its responses to comments of the ISO National Bodies in
response to Microsoft's Office Open XML application for ISO
standardization (the actual 2,293-page response is closed to the
public). The ECMA proposals will be discussed at a Ballot
Resolution Meeting (BRM) in Geneva after which the National Bodies
may reconsider their original vote. Microsoft's responses make
clear that within one year, it will have four different OOXML
specifications to implement and interoperate with, and each of
those specs will be closed. Under no circumstances should such a
flawed specification become an international standard.
"The main specification is OOXML 1.0 (i.e. ECMA 376
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