The Contradictory Nature of OOXML (Part II) – 19 Nations Respond

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Feb 7, 2007 6:46 AM EDT
ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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With Microsoft's OOXML formats at last under review by Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) of global standards bodies ISO and IEC, things are heating up dramatically in the battle between ODF and OOXML. When the deadline for the one month contradictions period of the ISO/IUEC Fast Track closed on Monday afternoon, JTC 1 had received responses from a total of nineteen national bodies, with most or all of those responses including formal "contradictions" under applicable rules.

That represents an unprecedented number of early objections, given that many ISO/IEC standards are finally adopted with fewer national bodies voting at all. In contrast, INCITS, the standards organization reviewing OOXML on behalf of the United States, went along with Microsoft's conservative view of what constitutes a contradiction (e.g., a conflict so severe that two programs could not operate on the same system), and offered no objections.

All in all, not a very auspicious start for OOXML. And not one that augers well for a very fast Fast Track experience. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft deals with this slap in the face.

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Excellent news on the OOXML front beirwin 5 836 Feb 7, 2007 10:02 PM

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