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December 16, 2005

Open XML spec handed over to Ecma, librarians go for OpenDocument

Posted by David Hunter at 9:23 PM ET.

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.

Filed under ODF, OOXML, Office, Office 2007, Standards

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One Response to “Open XML spec handed over to Ecma, librarians go for OpenDocument”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » IBM sits out Ecma Open XML standards effort Says:

    [...] IBM is a member of Ecma to whom Microsoft has submitted the Open XML document format specification to be used in Office 12 thereby neatly disarming calls for open document standards that worked to the disadvantage of Microsoft Office. As a result, IBM could participate in the Open XML standards committee but has decided not to as Bob Sutor, IBM VP for Standards, explains to Martin LaMonica at CNET: “We think there are just too many open switches on this right now for us to go in and do something there. Given the charter, it’s not clear what anyone other than Microsoft is going to be doing on this committee,” Sutor said on Tuesday. … Sutor said Microsoft was trying to have its document formats “rubber-stamped” as standards by Ecma. He said it doesn’t appear that the committee, which has Microsoft representatives as co-chairs, can be influenced by companies other than Microsoft. [...]

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