[odf-discuss] Ecma Approves Office Open XML
Lars D. Noodén
lars at umich.edu
Sun Dec 10 09:16:07 EST 2006
On Sun, 10 Dec 2006, Alex Hudson wrote:
> Well, that's not what the TC charter says. It says that if OXML is
> accepted by ISO, the Ecma TC will assume responsibility for the future
> development of the standard. Microsoft would have to make proposals for
> future enhancements in the same way Sun have to at OASIS.
Which is basically the situation you do have with the Ecma TC for MOOX.
There wasn't really any work done on the standard, as far as I can tell,
by the committee. A committee that provides little or no input is
basically a rubberstamp committee and thus functionally the same as
letting the private entity retain control over the 'standard'.
Ensure access to your data in the future
>> Then in the US, you have the metric ass-load of sw patents including
>> basic computer science methods like serialization. MS still hasn't
>> come clean about allowing use of them. Anyone known to be using MOOX
>> will be known to be treading on those sw patents and in the US that
>> can be used as a legal threat to control useage and/or implementation.
> I can't imagine there are many patents which cover OXML but don't cover
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