Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Relevant link of today: Microsoft Fails the Standards Test

In his blog entry from last week Alex Brown reviews the status of ooxml two years after it was accpted as an ISO standard.
"The second anniversary of the approval of ISO/IEC 29500 (aka OOXML) is upon us. The initial version of OOXML (Ecma 376 1st Edition) was rejected by ISO and IEC members in September 2007, and it was only after extensive revisions and a bitter standards war in the following months that a revised format was finally approved on April 2, 2008.
[...] Microsoft seems set for failure. In its pre-release form Office™ 2010 supports not the approved Strict variant of OOXML, but the very format the global community rejected in September 2007".

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