Feeds

Ecma embraces MS Office OpenXML standard

Along with 6,000 pages of notes

Reducing security risks from open source software

International tech standards body Ecma has approved the Office Open XML document format.

The announcement came at the organisation's General Assembly in Zurich yesterday, where the vote went 20-1 in favour of the standard. The dissenting voice was that of an IBM representative.

The next step is to submit the standard to ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) for its seal of approval.

Ecma International secretary general Jan van den Beld said: "The Open XML standard recognises the benefit of backward compatibility preservation of the billions of documents that have already been created while enabling new future applications of document technology."

Ecma's technical committee (TC45) has spent a year working on the standardisation, and says it covers the "the full set of features used in the existing corpus of billions of documents". As you might expect for such a detailed and broad ranging work, the standard runs to some 6,000 pages, including all the supporting notes, Ecma says.

The committee included representatives from Apple, Barclays Capital, BP, The British Library, Essilor, Intel, Microsoft, NextPage, Novell, Statoil, Toshiba, and the United States Library of Congress. ®

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU
On-by-default INMEMORY tech a boon for developers ... as long as they can afford it
Google shows off new Chrome OS look
Athena springs full-grown from Chromium project's head
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.