NZ Open Source Society Warns Against Open Office XML Standard

Lora Bentley

If you thought Open Office XML from Microsoft was good news, New Zealand's Open Source Society urges you to think again. As the Sept 2 international vote to approve OOXML as an ISO standard approaches, the open source organization's president is pointing out that the proposed standard is "peppered" with patent threats.


Because parts of the standard remain proprietary, the development around those parts is sparse, he says, which results in interoperability gaps and a lack of portability across platforms. And it doesn't help that the development of the standard was rushed, according to Computerworld New Zealand:

Open Document Format standard went through three years of public standardization before being submitted to the International Standards Organisation, while Open XML was rushed out at "an unprecedented pace."

NZOSS president Don Christie has this to say:

Having your entire organization's records locked into OOXML documents -- with all your eggs in one basket -- is not a prospect I would want to face, especially in the public sector, where long-term record retrieval is essential.

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