After so much prognostication about standards in the abstract, it struck me today that it’s worth taking a moment to look at Open XML through a different lens. Does it make a difference for people who are using it? Is it doing what it was supposed to do?
I’m going to step away from the tit-for-tat debates and simply point to a few examples of where Open XML is helping to solve real-world issues. I believe that whether or not a specification is relevant to the marketplace is a crucial factor in determining its value as an international standard.
And before anyone gets their hair in a knot – I’m sure you could post logos of people using ODF – fine, groovy for ODF. If that is what you see from this list, then you are missing the point. I have always advocated choice in formats…and will continue to do so. For Open XML – no matter what other formats are out there – the real test is in whether or not it is used by organizations to meet the challenges of their business. Period.
[note: each of these is linked to a case study about how Open XML is helping their org.]