ISO, ODF, OOXML & MICROSOFT

5. October 2007, 15:31 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Despite hard lobbying, and perhaps some attempted “ballot box stuffing” techniques, Microsoft has failed in its attempt to have its OOXML (Open Office XML) file format declared an ISO standard.

While this has pleased many, especially those who support the ODF (Open Document Format) standard, this is likely to have little effect in the near future for the dominance of Microsoft in the office suite software market.

While ODF is fairly widely used, and increasingly considered an option by many governments and organisations, it must still overcome the massive inertia that exists in Microsoft document formats such as Word.

What is needed for the widespread acceptance of ODF for organisations, and the general public, is the ability of those applications for whom ODF is the primary file format, such as OpenOffice, to provide compatibility of conversion with existing documents in such entrenched formats such as Word. Until the compatibility issues for the user level applications are addressed, the file format will face an uphill battle.

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Keywords: ISO,ODF,OOXML,Microsoft,standards,Office,Open Office,Word

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