Open XML gets Ecma blessing

The race to establish the first widely-used product-neutral open standard for office documents continues. Ecma International has approved Office Open XML as a standard, Ecma .Microsoft Corp. first developed Office Open XML (or Open XML as it is more widely known) set of formats, though the work to make it an Ecma .This group has also submitted Open XML for consideration as a standard for. In this regard, Open XML must catch up with the Open Document Format, which was as a standard earlier this year.Both ODF and Open XML are based on the Extensible Markup Language, a plain-text encoding format that can be read by any simple text editor. By using such an open format, agencies can assure that the documents they create won't require any one particular application to view and edit.Microsoft uses Open XML as its default formats for , while ODF is the primary set of formats for the open-source office productivity suite, as well as its commercial offshoot, from Sun Microsystems Inc.Already, the lines between the two formats have started to blur. Novell Inc., that its own branded version of Open Office would natively support the Open XML formats. Microsoft that would allow ODF documents to be manipulated in Microsoft Office 2007. And Corel Corp. to support both ODF and Open XML in its.
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