Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 9th Dec 2005 12:35 UTC
Features, Office International technology standards organization Ecma voted Thursday to approve the creation of a technical committee to begin looking into standardization of Microsoft Office's Open XML document format. The effort has been backed by Apple, Intel and Toshiba. The vote to create the committee would have been unanimous, however OpenDocument supporter IBM voted against the proposal while HP abstained. Critics outside of Ecma questioned the organization's move to standardize what they consider to be a proprietary format. Micorsoft submitted its new Office format to Ecma a few weeks ago.
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RE[4]: Yes, proprietary!
by lanjoe9 on Sun 11th Dec 2005 19:21 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Yes, proprietary!"
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I remember reading on Groklaw that the MSXML format introduced a binary key which kept all the styles and layouts. What's the big idea of going "Half XML"?

XML is supposed to be text... and that binary key could be used to keep everyone but MSOffice and allies out.

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