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UKUUG Press Release on BSI and OOXML (9)

Tuesday 10th June 2008

From BBC news today.

Four countries have appealed a decision to fast-track the international standardisation of a Microsoft document format, called OpenXML.

Brazil, India, South Africa and Venezuela have complained that there was not enough time given to discuss improvements to the format.


The BSI British Standards voted in favour of adopting it but now faces a legal challenge from the UK's Unix and Open Systems User Group.

At the time of its challenge, UKUUG chairman Alain Williams commented: "The format used for storage of documents will affect our lives for decades to come, and it is imperative that standards such as OpenXML are given a rigorous review rather than being rubber-stamped by BSI. Where would we be if the original Magna Carta was unreadable ?"