On the office document standards front:
The initial meeting of the Office Open XML Ecma technical committee, called Ecma TC145 took place in Brussels on Thursday and a 2,000 page draft specification was delivered. It is available for download here. If you were wondering, it’s a pdf file created in Beta 1 of Office 12.
Meanwhile in Massachusetts, Librarians Voice Support for OpenDoc:
Five library associations voiced their support for the use of OpenDocument (ODF) in Massachusetts this week, sending a letter to William Galvin, the Commonwealth’s Secretary of State. In it, the groups say the open source format is the best choice, as everyone has access to its specifications.
The letter was backed by the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, the Medical Library Association and the Special Libraries Association. The five groups together represent over 139,000 libraries in the United States employing 350,000 librarians.
Update: It’s worth noting a brief FAQ on the Ecma submission that Microsoft had previously released.