After 20 months of hard work, 8 face-to-face meetings (in Japan, Europe and the USA), numerous conference calls and a load of email, TC46, the technical committee working on the standardization of XPS, has published the final draft of the OpenXPS specification – denoted as version 1.6.

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As Ecma notes in this post, this draft marks a major milestone for the XPS format, the next step is the decision of the Ecma General Assembly on whether OpenXPS will become an Ecma Standard.

Alongside the final draft, TC46 has published a white paper that provides an overview of the Ecma OpenXPS format. The white paper includes the rationale for OpenXPS, how the format is different from other document formats, details on the features and their benefits provided by the format, and an overview of technical details.

The draft of OpenXPS and the white paper can both be downloaded from the TC46 activities page.