Summary of OpenDocument Foundation position on OOXML standard

by Andy Oram

Advocates of software standards and open source--including such major backers of the Open Document Format as Sun Microsystems and IBM--have been arguing a year against the standardization of Microsoft's proprietary Office formats in the form of OOXML. We've heard lots of arguments about what OOXML doesn't come up to standards of what makes a real standard. Now Sam Hiser, an O'Reilly author and a director of the OpenDocument Foundation, has written a sleek 14-page summary of the major arguments against making OOXML a standard.