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					ECMA-376 -
Open XML File Formats

and the
Evolution of Open File Formats

                                           Mark Lange
                                 Senior Policy Counsel
                                      Microsoft EMEA
The XML Vision

XML - Celebrating 10 years (1997-2007)
The XML Dream
  Changing the world of Information, Interoperability
  Databases, Connectivity, Services, Workflow
  A New Era for Documents
    Productivity Suites using Standardized XML formats
    Business Documents using Custom XML Schemas
    Waves of Innovation                                                            Automation
Productivity                                                                       and ”smart

                                                                 XML, SOA

                                        Network/Internet    Filesharing/collaboration

                                            Graphical user interface

                      PC     Text handling, spreadsheet

                 IBM ball-head typewriter

XML for document management
Capability and Interoperability
                                                                 Business Process Efficiency
               Improved Data Access                              Business requirements
               Customer details, Costs                           Company standards
                   Web service                                     Efficient capture
                   formatting                                      Validated
                   intelligent receipt                             information

                                                                   Query & extract
    Document Assembly                                              Text
    Auto-creating a                                                Document              Searching &
    polished document                                              Fragment
                               XML structure
                               Data and

                         Document Archival
                         Archived & consumed long into the future
                         without vendor-specific clients or applications
Office Open XML File Formats
     Microsoft Office 2000 – Start of XML work
     Microsoft Office 2003
          MS Office XML formats published on Danish Government site
          EU (May, 2004)
          “Microsoft should consider the merits of submitting XML formats to an international standards
          body of their choice”
          EU explicit requests:
                to put the evolution of the formats in the control of a standards body
                to build translators to/from ODF
          Governments asked Microsoft to submit Open XML to ISO

     Dec 2006 - PEGSCO Report
      “Microsoft has adopted a “pure” XML format”
      “The Open XML (ECMA) specifications are freely available”
      “Both the ODF and the OpenXML document format specifications are XML based, promising great
     The Open Specification Promise enables any business/licensing model to implement
     Open XML
Open XML addresses multiple needs
     fully documented and freely available for anyone to use
     controlled by standards body, not a single company
  Interoperable, platform independent
  Major advance in technology
     enables new range of applications
     supports Custom XML Schemas
  Internationalization, Accessibility features
  Enables quality migration of older documents
  Satisfies long-term archive requirements
  Can co-exist with other standards
            ECMA-376 Adoption
          Multiple implementations –
              Multiple Platforms
Microsoft Office 2007 - Default Save Format is Open XML (+
free updates for Office 2000, XP, 2003) – Dec 2006/Jan 2007
OpenOffice – Novell supports Open XML in OpenOffice –
Novell edition – Feb 2007
Corel – announcement of support of Open XML - Availability
mid 2007
Gnumeric – open source Spreadsheet supports OpenXML
Sun – working on OpenXML import filter for spreadsheets (hundred of developers, multiple
Co-existence of Document Standards
ODF Plug-in Translator for Word finalized on Feb 1, 2007
   Open, Save ODF in Word - Office 2007, Office 2003, Office XP
   Available on SourceForge, Microsoft Download Center and Office Online
   Over 50,000 downloads – one of the top 25 SourceForge projects
Comprehensive EU compliance tests
ODF test suite (
Translator incorporated by Novell to enable OpenOffice to Open
and Save OpenXML documents
May 2007 - beta ODF-OpenXML Translator for Excel & PPT
UOF-Open XML translator project – May 2007
DIN Working Group preparing Technical Report detailing ODF-
Open XML translation
Save as ODF
Goals of ECMA-376
1. High Fidelity Migration to Open Formats
   • Faithfully represent in XML the pre-existing body of word-processing,
     presentation and spreadsheet documents
2. Interoperability, Platform independence,
   Internationalization, Accessibility
  •    Extensive review and modifications during the standardization
3. Enable new range of applications - Integration with business
  •    Support Custom XML Schemas
4. Long-term preservation
   • More secure, clear path for migration, future
     evolution/maintenance in Ecma & ISO
Thank You!

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