OOXML: the end of the beginning.

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| We already have an open standard for mathematical formulae and notation, it
| is called MathML and is published by the W3C math working group.
|
| * OOXML ignores this and uses its own Microsoft-specific Maths language.
|
| We already have an open standard for vector graphics called Scalable Vector
| Graphics. This was produced to replace vendor specific formats such as
| Adobe's PGML and Microsoft's VML.
|
| * OOXML ignores this and uses Microsoft-specific VML.
|
| We have a specification (RFC 3987) for UTF-8 capable Internet addresses. This
| allows URLs to be written in any language.
|
| * OOXML ignores this and can only use Latin characters in URLs, so
| speakers of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and many other languages are plain
| out of luck.
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http://commandline.org.uk/more/forma...-06-20-24.html


Related:

Microsoft continues to ignore the Muslim world

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| Some of the Microsoft comments have just been leaked out of the ECMA
| fortress. Microsoft continues to ignore the Muslim world, and they don't want
| to correct its WORKDAY function in order to 'do not break backward
| compatibility': "Weekend days (Saturday and Sunday) are not considered as
| working days."
|
| [...]
|
| Microsoft/ECMA rolls over cultural diversity. Does someone wants to call Al
| Jazeera?
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http://www.noooxml.org/forum/t-29635...e-muslim-world


New Paths in Standardization

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| The world should be pleased to note, that with the approval of ISO/IEC 29500,
| Microsoft's Vector Markup Language (VML), after failing to be approved by the
| W3C in 1998 and after being neglected for the better part of a decade, is now
| also ISO-approved. Thus VML becomes the first and only standard that
| Microsoft Internet Explorer fully supports. * *
|
| [...]
|
| Open HTML, anyone?
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http://www.robweir.com/blog/2008/04/...rdization.html