Tuesday, December 4, 2007

OOXML Resolutions to ISO Comments - a closed process to create an open standard?

It appears that Microsoft has now provided 662 responses to the ISO comments on DIS29500 (Office Open XML) through Ecma, but those responses are presently only available to members of the ISO voting organizations through password-protected access. This move is already gathering much criticism from the ODF camp.

Guess what: those responses are neither provided in ODF format nor in OOXML. They are 662 individual PDF files. How ironic is that...?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Adressing such a broad spectrum of commentators they had to ensure a real efficient interoperability...

Anonymous said...

I have no clue if this comment will work since I'm in Kyoto and your site thinks that means I'm Japanese (I can't find a way to switch into English).

Anyway, we figured PDF was going to be the best way to allow everyone to view the files. We were going to do .docx or .doc but thought that might upset some folks, and we wanted to avoid any potential controversy.

-Brian Jones
http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones

A.Falk said...

Hi Brian:
Sorry about that language auto-selection thing. It's Blogger that does that (and I found no way to turn it off). It annoys me, too, because every time I am in Austria the entire UI of Blogger switches to German.
OK, so I understand the choice of .PDF over .DOCX or .DOC - but when you say "to allow everyone to view the files", who falls into your definition of everyone?
I'd love to see the responses, and I haven't been able to find them in any public forum.
Don't get me wrong: I'm actually a big proponent of OOXML (see my recent blog postings and also Altova's support for OOXML) and of the ISO standardization of OOXML, but I am not a member of any NB and therefore cannot access the resolutions right now, which is unfortunate, since I am very interested in the changes to the standard.
I read your recent post about why ISO considers these resolutions to be internal documents, but I would very much appreciate it, if you (or someone else) could put pressure on ISO to allow you to release these into the public.

terminals-blocks said...

if you (or someone else) could put pressure on ISO to allow you to release these into the public.