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Brazil and India Appeals OOXML as a Standard

by Khairil Yusof last modified May 31, 2008 08:52 PM
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Reports that both India and Brazil have filed appeals against the adoption of the Microsoft-sponsored Office Open XML (OOXML) document format as an international standard.

PC World reports that the appeals from Brazil and India join one from South Africa, filed last Friday with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the two standardization bodies responsible for the technical committee which approved the OOXML standard.

The so-called Fast Track process leading up to that vote has been widely criticized by participants and observers as too rushed. If a draft standard going through that process is rejected in an initial vote because it requires further work, a ballot resolution meeting (BRM) is called to discuss the criticisms made and improve the draft.

Groklaw has posted a copy of the letter from Brazil in it's entirety. Brazil was not able to present an important proposal regarding the legacy binary mapping. Binary mapping are the specifications for mapping (or matching) between binary legacy Microsoft Office formats and OOXML. Therefore there is a real issue as to whether real interoperability between legacy binary Microsoft Office formats and the proposed OOXML format is even possible for other implementers other than Microsoft.

Read more at Groklaw and PCWorld.

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