Publication of ISO/IEC 29500 (Office Open XML)


It’s official: ISO announced today the publication of the final text of ISO/IEC 29500, the Office Open XML specification. This includes all of the changes agreed to at the BRM, including the strict-vs-transitional structure and many others from the various national bodies involved.


This has been a global process, with participation from dozens of countries and hundreds of individuals. The final text, reflecting all of those contributions, was prepared by project editor Rex Jaeschke and his BRM assistant Tristan Davis in recent months. Great work, guys!


Going forward, the IS29500 standard will be maintained by Working Group 4 (WG4) of SC 34. This working group was formed at the SC 34 plenary in Jeju (Korea), based on the planning work that has been done in last spring’s SC 34 plenary in Oslo, and the two-day meeting of AHG1 in London in July. AHG1 is an “ad-hoc group” that was formed to create WG4, led by Alex Brown of the UK. Murata Makoto is the chair of WG4.


I’m really excited to be involved in WG4 going forward, and looking forward to working with all of the technical experts worldwide who will be contributing to the process. The first face-to-face meeting of WG4 will be in Okinawa in January.


Comments (16)

  1. hAl says:

    Doug, can you follow up on adding the standard to this page:

    http://www.microsoft.com/interop/osp/default.mspx

  2. ISO ha annunciato oggi in via ufficiale la versione finale del testo ISO/IEC 29500, ovvero sulle specifiche

  3. int19h says:

    From the link:

    "This defines a set of XML vocabularies for representing word-processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations, based on the _Microsoft Office 2008_ applications."

    "This defines a set of XML elements and attributes, over and above those defined by ISO/IEC 29500-1, that provide support for legacy Microsoft Office applications; that is, those prior to the _2008 release_"

    Eh?

  4. The ISO announced today the publication of the final text of ISO/IEC 29500, the Office Open XML specification.

  5. dmahugh says:

    Good questions about the OSP and "Office 2008."  I’m looking into getting both of these addressed, will let you know.

  6. Staff DotNet says:

    The ISO has announced the publication of the ISO/IEC 29500 (Office Open Xml) standard.  This is great!!! I’ve been working with this standard for a while and I’m really excited about the opportunities that both, software developer and softwa

  7. Staff DotNet says:

    The ISO has announced the publication of the ISO/IEC 29500 (Office Open Xml) standard.  This is great!!! I’ve been working with this standard for a while and I’m really excited about the opportunities that both, software developer and sof ..

  8. La ISO ha anunciado la publicación oficial del estándar ISO/IEC 29500 (Office Open Xml).  Qué bien!!.  He estado trabajando con dicho estándar por un buen rato y realmente estoy muy emocionado por las oportunidad

  9. Stefan Word2k says:

    I think the most important questions for customers are:

    1. How interoperable will the current Office 2007 Open XML formats be with the new ISO Office Open XML formats?

    2. For how many years will the current Office 2007 Open XML formats be readable and fully supported in Microsoft’s new Office Editions?

    Please let us know, so we have a base to decide whether it’s a good idea to switch over to Office 2007 Open XML formats or if it’s more asvisable to wait for the implementation of ISO Open XML.

  10. hAl says:

    @Stefan, I don’t think any MS Office format has been readable for less then at least ten years and the current office 2007 formats that are already based on an open specification will likely be no different and probably more.

    Plus there is already a whole range other software packages already supporting these formats as wel

  11. Jason says:

    At a cost of 342 Swiss Francs, the price to access the specification is ridiculous.  It means the Office formats are an ISO standard, but not an open one.

  12. dmahugh says:

    Jason, the spec is available as a free download.  See the links here: http://standards.iso.org/ittf/PubliclyAvailableStandards/index.html

  13. Doug,

    do you know when the specification will be available on the ECMA-site – and will it also be available in DOCX-format as well as XPS-format?

  14. hAl says:

    I am looking for some documents containing a variety of features in the new ISO/IEC 29500:2008 format to test out compatiblity with existing implementations.

    Are there any document in the new format ar all and if so can I find any?

  15. Ok, in una parola interoperabilità. Dopo il recente rilascio dello standard ISO/IEC 29500 (Office Open