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  • Blog Post: Final US OOXML Voting Result - Yes with Comments

    This is already everywhere, but I thought worth repeating for readers of my blog. On the 24th the results of the United States vote for Open XML were made public. The INCITS Executive Board approved a “Yes with comments” position in a 12-3-1 (yes, no, abstain) outcome. Here is a screen shot of the vote...
  • Blog Post: Who Made the Ecma Office Open XML Standard

    Another common question... Ecma Office Open XML was developed over the course of a year at Ecma International with input via Ecma’s Technical Committee 45 (TC45), which included information technology companies ( Apple , Intel , Novell , Microsoft , NextPage , Toshiba ), reputable government institutions...
  • Blog Post: People Implementing Ecma Office Open XML

    Over on Rod's blog the comments wage on and there is another common question popping up - 'no one can implement this standard other than Microsoft'. Luckily this is not true - we even have people in NZ who have used it to render documents and build solutions. Implementing the entire standard is not easy...
  • Blog Post: IPR on Ecma Office Open XML

    One of the first comments on Rod's blog related to IPR on Ecma Office Open XML . Here is a quick explanation of how we handle this.. There is a great deal of confusion on the IPR points in relation to the Ecma Office Open XML standard. We [Microsoft] have provided assurances for full or partial implementations...
  • Blog Post: My top 4 questions on Ecma Office Open XML and simple answers

    There are a number of common questions in relation to this standardisation effort that I've heard many times - these are my short answers to each: Do other standardised document formats not exist today? Yes, in fact there are actually many different and at times overlapping formats that exist today,...
  • Blog Post: Why have another document standard?

    There are a number of great reasons for this - but the first and most important point to make is that Ecma Office Open XML is already a standard today ratified by Ecma. The current discussion is whether it should be ratified as an international (ISO/IEC) standard. Not to mention there are many ISO approved...
  • Blog Post: OpenXML Debate – the heat is on...

    Standards New Zealand hosted the first day of feedback on Ecma Office Open XML in Wellington yesterday. Many of our customers and partners have not been able to attend this meeting which is a great shame as it’s important for the whole industry but time was short. Over the last few weeks I’ve spoken...
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