As this affects us all directly, let’s participate in the standards forming discussion unfolding on a worldwide basis in the software community.
Successful ratification of the OpenXML standard at the International Standards Organisation (ISO) later this year will represent a key step in the formulation of robust standards that encourage industry transparency, allowing for wider customer choice and collaboration between the producers of software and the people and companies that use this technology. The standard received a strong endorsement when it was approved by Ecma in December 2006 and submitted to JTC1 for fast-track approval.
Open XML represents an important advancement in document standards that offer benefits to technology users, the technology industry, consumers, businesses and governments worldwide. It enables backward compatibility with billions of archived documents, and accommodates a wide range of languages and cultures, as well as assistive technologies that help people with disabilities. Furthermore, Open XML in no way contradicts any other international document standard.
I strongly believe that we, as IT Professionals and key influencers, should get involved in this discussion and contribute to the continued rate of progress shown by our industry worldwide by registering on the following websites for more information and insights into why the standards debate is so important.