US OOXML Discussion Now Public

I just heard that INCITS V1, the group making the recommendation to ANSI on whether the US should support Microsoft's proprietary OOXML format in being fast-tracked to ISO, is considering creating a public archive of its conversations on the subject. In the interim while they consider a more formal arrangement, Jon Bosak has placed the April and May correspondence on iBiblio. Take a look and, if you're a US citizen, use it to guide the comments you make to INCITS V1.

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I find it outraging that a very biased Microsoft employee such as Douh Mahugh (expert in bribery) is having fun at it by making false assertions. In http://www.ibiblio.org/bosak/v1mail/200705/2007May23-193924.eml, he says that DIS26500 is great because it enables custom schema support. Wrong, this was supported in Office 2003. Custom schemas is the only new feature of Office 2003. Also, what Microsoft is not telling anyone (lie by omission) is how to map Office 2003 store into the new Office 2007 store. Back and forth. Also what he's not telling, and this is important to understand, is that storing whatever in the zip file is no replacement for being able to actually instantiate/render this stuff. If anything, the lack of Microsoft tools (other than Word/Excel/Powerpoint of course), and the lack of vendor supporting this their own way should be a sign that, may be, this format is carefully designed to be instantiated/rendered ONLY in Microsoft own applications, and those applications alone. I can't believe those guys are getting their way that easy. Someone must act before it's too late. Thanks.

Posted by Stephane Rodriguez on June 03, 2007 at 10:39 PM PDT #

You may be interested that the UK technical comment gathering process is public as a read-only Wiki.

Posted by Alex Brown on June 05, 2007 at 09:20 PM PDT #

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