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Chinese Experts Say No to Microsoft OOXML
[July 31, 2007]

Chinese Experts Say No to Microsoft OOXML

(SinoCast China Business Daily News Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) BEIJING, August 01, SinoCast -- Microsoft, the world's largest software developer which is trying to convince the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) that its Office Open XML (OOXML) format is a good choice to become concerned international standard, meets embarrassment in China, as some of the country's top authorities publicly show their rejection to the idea by writing papers.

Office Open XML (OOXML), an XML-based file format specification for electronic documents such as memos, reports, presentations and word processing documents, was developed by Microsoft for its Microsoft Office 2007 products and was published by Ecma International in December 2006.

The OOXML, which has been selected by ISO as the standard for a particular sector, may cause users run into trouble when trying to read historical electronic files, according to the Chinese authorities.

Besides, a large amount of China's software development enterprises also expressed their rejection to the OOXML, citing it will do harm to the country's overall software industry.

Copyright 2007 Sinocast LLC, Source: The Financial Times Limited

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