ISO Becomes OOXML’s Steward
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One of the committees is meant to make OOXML, or rather ISO/IEC 29500, interoperate with its worst enemy, that other ISO standard, the OpenDocument Format and see how both can co-exist with other standards like the Open Font Format.
OOXML’s formal standardization is still off somewhere in the distance, pending publication.
The protesters, demanding ISO’s reform, claimed that Norway’s vote didn’t represent the sum of its parts and was pressured into it by Microsoft. Their leader, Steve Pepper, who quit his post over the vote, was quoted as saying, “People shouldn’t have to pay money to Microsoft to be able to read my documents.”
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