OOXML/ODF – The Next Stage is Unfolding in Norway

In 2009, Norway decided that ODF was to be used, rather than OOXML, but called for further study and input from the IT industry, and I gather Microsoft put its shoulder to the wheel, and guess what? Now there is a new report (in Norwegian) that compared the two and concludes that neither is suitable, and both should be kept “under observation”. So, what should the government use as their standard if the report’s conclusions are accepted? What’s left? Previous legacy binary formats, one assumes?

Wait. No, it didn’t. It didn’t compare OOXML, the ISO standard, with ODF. It compared *ECMA-376*, which is not an ISO standard, with ODF 1.1, which is, but which no one much uses any more, practically speaking, last I heard, since everyone has moved to 1.2. What’s the logic there?

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