XML Paper Specification (XPS) to be Standardized

by M. David Peterson

You know, there was a time in the not-too-distant past where an effort to standardize something Microsoft created was seen as a *GOOD* thing,

ECMA to create standard out of Microsoft rival to PDF

July 01, 2007 (IDG News Service) Standards body ECMA International has formed a technical committee to develop a standard built on Microsoft Corp.'s XML Paper Specification (XPS), a rival file format to Adobe Systems Inc.'s Portable Document Format (PDF).

According to ECMA's Web site, the goal of the TC46-XPS Technical Committee is to create "a formal standard for an XML-based electronic paper format and XML-based page description language which is consistent with existing implementations of the format called the XML Paper Specification."

When and why did that change?

Well, either way, good on ya Microsoft! I'm one of your *many* supporters in regards to keeping the transparency and openness rolling forward. Please do just that.

Oh, and thanks!