Why Ecma? (Part I)

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Dec 21, 2006 7:58 PM EDT
ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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A year ago, many words were written (including by me) on why Microsoft may have chosen Ecma to package Microsoft's Office Open XML formats as a standard. Now that Ecma has finished that project and adopted the result, there's additional data to examine that sheds some light on that question. That will be my topic today, and for the next several entries.

For example, if you look at all of the Ecma press releases over the last twelve months, here's what you'll find: three press releases announcing adoption of a total of 32 standards at General Assemblies, and twelve press relases on individual standards projects - with eleven of those twelve dedicated to Microsoft's OOXML specification.

So it would appear that either Ecma doesn't think that much of what it's doing these days is very important, or believes that there is a great deal to be gained from being associated with the OOXML project – or both.

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