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Of which it has never been fully ratified and accepted as an open document standard, the argument still proceeds today over the MS open standards.


   Standardization process

Main article: Standardization of Office Open XML <>

Microsoft submitted initial material to Ecma International <> Technical Committee TC45, where it was standardized to become ECMA-376, approved in December 2006.^[13] <>

This standard was then fast-tracked in the Joint Technical Committee 1 <> of ISO and IEC. After initially failing to pass <>, an amended version of the format received the necessary votes for approval as an ISO/IEC Standard as the result of a JTC 1 <> fast tracking standardization process that concluded in April 2008.^[14] <> The resulting four part International Standard (designated ISO/IEC 29500:2008) was published in November 2008^[15] <> and can be downloaded from the ITTF <>.^[16] <> A technically equivalent set of texts is published by Ecma as /ECMA-376 Office Open XML File Formats --- 2nd edition/ (December 2008); they can be downloaded from their web site.^[17] <>

The ISO standardization of Office Open XML was controversial and embittered,^[18] <> with much discussion both about the specification and about the standardization process.^[19] <> According to /InfoWorld <>/:

   OOXML was opposed by many on grounds it was unneeded, as software
   makers could use OpenDocument Format
   <> (ODF), a less
   complicated office software format that was already an international

   --- InfoWorld

The same /InfoWorld <>/ article reported that IBM <> (which supports the ODF <> format) threatened to leave standards bodies that it said allow dominant corporations like Microsoft to wield undue influence. The article further says that Microsoft was accused of co-opting the standardization process by leaning on countries to ensure that it got enough votes at the ISO for Office Open XML to pass; although it does not specify exactly who accused Microsoft.^[18] <>

Richard Stallman <> of the Free Software Foundation <> has stated that "Microsoft offers a gratis patent license for OOXML on terms which do not allow free <> implementations."^[20] <>


Please validate your knowledge pool before labelling others as quote "pushing your vendor-locked ODF crap here please." unquote.

Have a good day

Andrew Brown

On 31/07/2013 04:29 AM, Urmas wrote:
"Andrew Brown":

So the open document standards were
born and ratified and accpeted by the majority of the world that counts.

Microsoft is using an open standard format called OpenXML. Stop pushing your vendor-locked ODF crap here please.

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