May 21, 2006

Draft 1.3 of the Ecma Office Open XML formats standard

Via Brian Jones we learn that the Ecma International Technical Committee (TC45) has published draft version 1.3 of the Ecma Office Open XML File Formats Standard. This is 4000 pages document specifying new (alternative to Oasis OpenOffice/OpenDocument XML format) Office XML format to be used by Microsoft starting with Office 2007.

As a matter of interest:

  • The draft is available in PDF, which was created by Word 2007
  • The draft also available in Open XML format itself, which one will be use once Office 2007 Beta 2 is out
  • The document is huge and specifies everything down to the "Maple Muffins" border style kinda details
  • These guys help MIcrosoft in creating Ecma Office Open XML format: Apple, Barclays Capital, BP, The British Library, Essilor, Intel, Microsoft, NextPage, Novell, Statoil, and Toshiba

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