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TC45 begins the creation of the Ecma Office Open XML File Formats standard...

Ecma International began the technical work Thursday 15 December 2005 to standardize the Office Open XML File Formats. TC45, the Ecma technical committee organized to create the Ecma document format standard, held its first meeting in Brussels, Belgium.

The standard will be based on an initial 2000 page draft technical specification submitted by Apple, Barclays Capital, BP, the British Library, Essilor, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, NextPage Inc., Statoil ASA and Toshiba. This initial submission is available for interested parties to download at:

Initial Draft .zip

The final specification, which the technical committee hopes to complete before the end of next year, is expected to be two to three times that size.

Picture: from left to right:  Ecma SG Jan van den Beld, Microsoft Sr. Director of XML Architecture Jean Paoli and the the head of e-Architecture or the Brirish Library Adam Farquhar

Ecma Secretary General Jan van den Beld (pictured to the left) receives initial draft of office document standard from Jean Paoli, Microsoft’s Sr. Director of XML Architecture - Adam Farquhar, head of e-Architecture for the British Library is seen on the right.

During the first meeting Jean Paoli, Sr. Director of XML Architecture for Microsoft and co-creator of the W3C XML standard, and Isabelle Valet-Harper, Sr. Program Manager for Standards Strategy and Microsoft’s primary representative to Ecma, were appointed Co-Chairs of TC45. Adam Farquhar, head of e-Architecture for the British Library, was appointed Vice Chair.



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